OXFORD-based civil engineering company Greenford has been appointed by the Canal & River Trust to carry out works on Oxford Canal Bridge 233.
Due to the historical significance of the bridge, the works will fulfil the requirements of Historic England’s Grade II listed building standards and will be completed with great respect for the canal and towpath users, as well as the local ecology.
This counter-weighted lift bridge has fallen into disrepair after years of being a well-used part of this celebrated canal. Greenford is carrying out the works as a continuation of the trust’s scheme to regenerate the lift bridges of the Oxford Canal.
Temporary removable dams have been installed either side of the bridge in order to dewater the section of canal water and allow access to the lower levels of the structure. These temporary works are a non-invasive method of holding back water, with minimal impact on the environment.
The project has involved a fish rescue, carrying out the live capture and movement of fish out of the area and to a safe environment.
Greenford will repair the bridge abutments and failed approach walls which have been worn away over time and by the continuous passage of boat traffic.
A sub water-level duct will be installed and used in the future for the provision of hydraulics to allow the bridge to be raised with ease, allowing more efficient lifting and lowering of the bridge.
Upon completion of the project, the bridge will be restored to its former glory with minimal impact to the environment and ecology of the historical canal. With extensive expertise in water and riparian solutions over nearly 25 years, Greenford has made a commitment to the environment and sustainability and prides itself on integrity and innovation in this area.