Firm’s award success for work on Flying Arches

Work on the Flying Arches in Chorley
Work on the Flying Arches in Chorley
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Work on Chorley’s historic Flying Arches has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Public services provider Amey won the heritage award at the Network Rail Partnership Awards for their work to protect the famous grade II-listed structure during rail engineering works.

It comes just a few months after the project scooped a “specially commended” certificate at the Institution Of Civil Engineers North West Awards.

The arches - thought to be one of only two surviving examples of their type in England - were at risk of being lost forever to enable a project to electrify the railway line.

But instead they were removed in 2008 and returned last year in a slightly higher position to allow the installation of electrification equipment through the tunnel.

Amey was commissioned by principal contractor J Murphy and Sons to find a way to preserve and refurbish the arches when it was found that Chorley Tunnel would need raising.

The team at Amey realised they would have some of the same challenges that the original Victorian engineers faced, such as drainage, and researched historical building methods to overcome these.

They also consulted with stakeholders such as English Heritage to ensure the arches would be protected during construction work and helped create bespoke computer software with IT company Midas to plan the project.

Andy Milner, Amey’s managing director for consulting and strategic infrastructure, said: “This is a significant time for the rail industry and this award highlights a great example of the world-class service that Amey can offer across the UK.”

Amey won two further awards at the ceremony.