Case Study // Lots Road Power Station

Swanton Consulting were engaged by P J Careys to provide temporary works solutions as well as the design of bridge abutments for a vehicular bridge spanning Chelsea Creek. The design of the bridge abutments provided challenges due to the close proximity of the abutments to the existing river wall.

Hutchinson Whampoa Property Limited (HWP) are developing the site at Lots Road Power Station which fronts onto both the River Thames and Chelsea Creek.

We were engaged by PJ Careys to provide temporary works solutions as well as the design of bridge abutments for a vehicular bridge spanning the Chelsea Creek.

The design of the bridge abutments provided challenges due to the close proixmity of the abutments to the existing river walls. We were placed under strict constraints whereby heavy plant could not be tracked within a 5m exclusion zone from the existing river wall. We worked closely with the client (HWP), the design engineers (Buro Happold), the architect (Farrells), the bridge engineer (Rowecord) and the main contractor (PJ Careys) to provide piled abutment designs.

We also designed a haul road suitable for tracked plant and delivery vehicles. Due to the constraints of the river wall, we developed a solution using a reinforced embankment rounded at a lower level which gave acceptable loads at the base of the wall whilst providing the required road geometry.

Bridge-lift