Network Rail has announced its 2013 Partnership Awards, including a ‘Highly Commended’ for Osborne in the Best Medium Project category for the Marcon Place underbridge replacement.

The project, and BS Steels’s involvement, are described more fully, with an image gallery, on its own Marcon Place project page. BS Steels designed, manufactured and installed the new steel bridge parapets. In Network Rail’s words, its awards were created “to reward the great partnerships that exist within the rail industry”; we are proud to have worked with Osborne and played our small part.

old shoreham harbour footbridge and its replacement nearing completion

The 1920's Shoreham Harbour Footbridge and its replacement, nearing completion

Another Osborne-led bridge project nearing completion, is the Shoreham Harbour Footbridge. The previous 1920s bridge is being replaced with a wider bridge that will accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair/mobility scooter users. The central portion of the 50m bridge will swing open to allow river traffic to pass by.

BS Steels provided steel bracing to maintain the old bridge for traffic during early stage works on the replacement. We also provided various other on-site services. In particular, Osborne has availed itself of our same day/next day service for supply of fittings, and site services such as cutting, welding and fabrication. Also, our steel fabrication services were called upon to create a hexagonal platform for piling rigs.

The new bridge is expected to be open to the public during September 2013; alongside we show an aerial view recently tweeted by Osborne. Following a public vote the bridge will be known officially as the ‘Adur Ferry Bridge’ (after the name of the river, and the ferry that preceded the old bridge), but the naming was not without controversy and it seems likely that it will continue to be known generally as ‘the footbridge’!

We have also recently added a project page for our works at HMS Temeraire, the home of Royal Navy Physical Education, Adventurous Training and Sport. Working for BAE Systems, BS Steels provided a steel mezzanine floor, stairs, balustrades, and a glazed steel entrance canopy for the refurbishment of the 19th century listed Old Gymnasium.