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Covanburn Projects

Shieldhill Core Path and Footbridge Replacement

Client Falkirk District Council
Value £139,600
Location Falkirk District


The existing bridge at Shieldhill had collapsed leaving no access accross the Polmont burn from Shieldhill to California.

Falkirk Council needed a new bridge and footpath to link the two areas.

The works involved the design and installation of a new footbridge at Shieldhill, to the south of Falkirk.

In addition, the existing access track to the bridge was upgraded from a dirt track to a full depth construction tarmacadam pathway.

An outline design was provided with the tender submission.

Covanburn engaged a Designer and came up with a detailed design for the new bridge. Once this was agreed with the Client, fabrication drawings were prepared and the new bridge sections fabricated, galvanised and painted offsite.


New concrete foundations were designed and constructed at each side of the small watercourse onto which the bridge would be landed and secured.

Access to the bridge site was limited and was only possible down the narrow farm track, which also required to be upgraded as part of the works.

There was also no access permitted to the land on the far side on the new bridge.

The restricted access meant that the bridge could not be delivered to site in one section. The restricted working area also meant that a large crane could not access the site. To solve this, the bridge was designed in sections that could be joined together on site.

This meant that access was simpler and the size of the installation crane was more manageable in the working area.


With the replacement of the new bridge now complete, the circular walkway from Shieldhill to California was now accessible for the general public.


The new circular walkway from Shieldhill to California is now accessible to the general public, helping improve Falkirk Council's green network.
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