BLACKFRIARS RAIL BRIDGE
BETTER BY WATER
Livett’s were the principal marine contractors on behalf of Balfour Beatty, tasked with planning and executing the entire refurbishment of Blackfriars Rail Bridge from the river side.
The platforms of the railway station were extended onto the Bridge itself, all arches and abutments were repainted and all steel work was rebuilt. Furthermore, the bridge itself was widened in order to allow more train tracks on the bridge itself.
The majority of the equipment required for the works were delivered by river, therefore the marine coordination was key to the success of the project. The station became the first to span the entire width of the River Thames.
HOW LIVETT'S MADE IT HAPPEN
Livett’s had a marine presence at Blackfriars Rail Bridge 24/7 for over three years, managing all marine movements and operations. Crane barges, tugs, multi cats and safety boats were all provided and crewed by Livett’s working at all states of tide to carry out the necessary work.
We designed bespoke mooring systems which allowed arches to remain closed and for barges to remain in position under an arch at all states of tide. Livett’s worked closely with the client and the PLA to ensure all movements were planned effectively and all relevant stakeholders kept informed.