Dyer & Butler, a multi-disciplined engineering services specialist focused on essential infrastructure including airports, railways and highways, and part of M Group Services, is delighted to announce that a remediation project undertaken on behalf of Network Rail as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, has won a prestigious National Railway Heritage Award.
Network Rail received the BAM Nuttall Structures Restoration Award in recognition of the remediation work on Cynghordy Railway Viaduct; a grade II listed structure on the Heart of Wales railway line. Dyer & Butler was appointed as the Principal Contractor for delivering the strengthening and refurbishment of the viaduct’s pillars and arches, maintaining the original features of the 150 year-old iconic structure.
The work undertaken by Dyer & Butler involved the essential structural and aesthetic repair of the stone and brickwork piers and arches, which included joint repointing and bed reinforcement. To allow for safe and stable access to the piers, the 100ft high viaduct required significant temporary access scaffolding and associated foundations to undertake the remediation works.
This included 86,000 meters of tube and 62,010 meters of scaffold board to cover the 850ft long viaduct. The scaffolding was erected with great care and with the use of resin anchors in the mortar joints, to avoid causing any damage to the historic brickwork. This was a timely activity considering, end to end, the scaffolding was an incredible 92miles in length.
The award was presented to Network Rail Wales and Borders Works Delivery Manager Richard Compton and David Stanbury from Network Rail Works Delivery Wales.
Richard Compton commented: “It has been fantastic working with our partners Dyer and Butler and Tony Gee on this challenging project to restore Cynghordy Viaduct and extend the structures lifespan. The viaduct continues to play a vital role on the Wales & Borders network today and it stands as testament to the skill and ingenuity of the Victorian engineers and rail workers who designed and built it. We would like to thank the local community and stakeholders for supporting this essential restoration work which has secured the future of this magnificent structure for many years to come.”
Chris Darlow, Dyer & Butler’s Director of Rail adds: “We are delighted that this project has been recognised by this prestigious award. It is well deserved recognition for everyone involved on the project, which has delivered a long term improvement to the resilience of the operational infrastructure, while protecting and preserving our important railway heritage.”