Bennerley Viaduct Inspection and Assessment

  • Project Type: Asset Management
  • Client: Sustrans, Friends of Bennerley Viaduct
  • Location: Derby/Nottingham, UK
  • Date: 2020

About this Project

Bennerley Viaduct is a grade 2* listed railway viaduct built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire. The “Iron Giant” has been described by the World Monuments Fund as being an “extraordinary monument” meriting inclusion in the 2020 World Monuments Watch, one of only 25 sites chosen globally. Historic England consider the viaduct is a “stunning example of the genius of British Engineering”

Roles and Responsibility

“ECSL were responsible for managing the roped access and drone survey of the structure, completing the structural assessment and then writing the optioneering and proposal report. We then supported the tender process for the refurbishment works.
In addition, the ECSL engineering team supported and participated in community engagement events, ‘work day’ activities and used the bridge as a basis for several Research & Development projects.”


  • Structural Inspection
  • Structural Assessment
  • Asset Management
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Stakeholder Engagement

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