Dolgarrog Gateway 4 Design


Burroughs was commissioned under Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Design Framework, a partnership that has been in place since 2012, to design the restoration and strengthening of a redundant rail bridge supporting two high-pressure water mains in Conwy.

The bridge spanned 120 metres and featured a steel truss structure with a timber deck supporting the water mains. The space between the two pipes was unofficially used by pedestrians to access the train station.

The timber deck of the bridge had begun showing signs of degradation, prompting DCWW’s intention to close it to pedestrians. While it was not an official public right of way, this decision sparked concerns due to the significant inconvenience it would pose to pedestrians, who faced a 10-mile diversion to reach the train station.

Burroughs was tasked with securing funding to repair and reopen the bridge as an active travel route, with contributions from both DCWW and the Welsh Government. Burroughs’ expert design solutions successfully addressed multiple complex challenges, resulting in refurbishment of the historic structure, improved active travel infrastructure, enhanced safety, potable water pipeline security and lasting benefits for the local community.

Client / Project TEam

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)