Launder Aqueduct, Oxfordshire, UK

Inspection and design of repairs to bridge structures including temporary works
Birse Rail
End Client:
Network Rail South East Territory
National Railway Heritage Award 2007

Tony Gee was appointed to undertake the detailed design for the reconstruction of the aqueduct using fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) materials, which was a first for Network Rail.

Our innovative design adopted FRP materials for Overbridge 47, in conjunction with development of the trough profile and the independent liner, to provide a durable and low maintenance replacement for the aqueduct. The designed solution and methods also mitigated the impact of the works upon the cutting, which was imperative due to location within a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The new aqueduct comprises an open trough, similar to the previous structure, but with greater depth and cross-section profile to improve the flow capacity.

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