Gadebridge Park Bridge – Hemel Hempstead

Capacity assessing a Grade II listed bridge, designing a refurbishment scheme and supervising the works.

The challenge

Gadebridge is an urban park in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, which features a Grade II listed bridge built in 1840. Sometimes referred to as the White Bridge, Gadebridge Park Bridge is one of the world’s first cast iron structures.

Engineering Consultancy

Dacorum Borough Council found that the bridge was in need of repair and also needed some structural issues to be rectified. Inertia Consulting were therefore appointed to design a strengthening and repair scheme and provide Construction Supervision services.

Our engineers started by carrying out an inspection for assessment and a capacity assessment of the bridge, using advanced analytical techniques to assess the structure. We then designed a refurbishment and strengthening scheme to sympathetically restore the bridge and bring it up to modern safety standards.

As well as carrying out engineering services, the Inertia Consulting team also obtained the necessary conservation permits, planning permission and technical approval. The strengthening and refurbishment works are ongoing and should be completed in 2019. Our qualified engineers are overseeing the project to make sure everything goes to plan and that the historic bridge and surrounding environment are protected.

The outcome

When the strengthening and refurbishing works are complete, Gadebridge Park Bridge will be restored to its former glory. The project will make sure the bridge remains a focal point within the park for future generations.

The project team
  • Dacorum Borough Council – the Client
  • Inertia Consulting Ltd – Principal Designer & Construction Supervisor