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Newburn Bridge Retaining Wall

Newburn Bridge Cycleway Retaining Wall

The purpose of the project is to provide a continuous recreational riverside route within a landscaped setting and improve road safety by reducing conflict between recreational users and motorised vehicular users.

The works comprise the construction of a new reinforced earth retaining wall below the existing bridge deck, forming new 2m wide cycleway including new timber parapets and landscaping works.  The construction of the Tensartech TW1 Modular block retaining wall involved all divisions of Owen Pugh with equipment supplied by Owen Pugh & Co, aggregates (including special graded 6I fill) from Owen Pugh Aggregates and specialist construction techniques, supervision and management by Owen Pugh Construction.

Works required excavation, concrete foundations and wall construction below mean water levels in the intertidal zone, works being timed to coincide with spring tides to maximise the working windows available.  Construction of Tensartch TW1 wall, a concrete faced reinforced earth retaining wall, including monitoring of the existing bridge abutment which has historically suffered from settlement.  New 2m wide coated stone cycleway and timber parapet works.

Owen Pugh Construction managed the works on behalf of Gateshead MBC and required liaison between both University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyne United Rowing Clubs which occupy land directly to the East and West of the works and maintained access to both club houses and slipways for the duration of the works and made arrangement to prevent disruption to competitive, training and recreational use of the river.

The works were completed on time 2 weeks ahead of the clients required programme including additional works to process hazardous spoils discovered during excavation of the river bed.

This scheme highlights how the individual skills and experience of Owen Pugh Group have been successfully integrated by the Owen Pugh Construction team to deliver a small but challenging scheme to the complete satisfaction of our client.

Owen Pugh working on the construction site in Newburn
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