HTS have refurbished many bridges, but the University of Huddersfield footbridge was unique. The footbridge provided a link between two blocks on the University campus and spanned the popular Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The bridge was located within the campus grounds and was a stone’s throw from the busy local marina.
The works had to be undertaken within the University campus during summer study period. The canal had to be kept open to narrowboat users and there was restricted access for deliveries and removal of waste material. The specified waterproofing system made use of hot poured materials, which had to be lifted onto the bridge. The works had to be completed before the start of the new academic year.
A scaffolding access system was designed to span the canal to provide access for the works whilst leaving sufficient clearance for canal boat users to pass beneath. The fill material was excavated from the deck, loaded onto powered barrows and then removed to skips located at the nearest access point. Following discussion with the University and the architect, a sprayed waterproofing membrane was used in lieu of the traditional hot tar system. This system was not only quicker to install but eliminated the risk associated with hot working.