Part of Network Rail’s Northern Hub Development Programme

Castlefield Bridge provides a key infrastructure link in Manchester as part of Network Rail’s Northern Hub Development Programme, as well as creating a footway and cycleway over the River Irwell for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Castlefield Bridge is a 90m long 3-span structure crossing the River Irwell in Manchester, carrying both a footway and cycleway as well as numerous utility service lines. 

The project faced many challenges including poor ground conditions; a collapsed river banks; the close proximity to traffic and pedestrians; and the prevention of river pollution during construction. The bridge design developed by Opus addressed these problems by relocating service ducts, using lightweight surfacing and repairing the bank slips behind a temporary sheet piled wall to allow safe construction and prevent pollution to the river.  These innovations reduced the overall weight and size of the structure and foundations, simplified the construction and improved the economy and safety of the build. 

Opus' work on this scheme was shortlisted at the ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards 2016 in the ‘Designed in Wales’ category.