GEORGE LAW LTD, Building and Civil Engineering

Highley Engine House

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The new Engine House

Severn Valley Railway
JCT Design and Build
April 2008

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Awaiting the Steam Engines

Severn Valley Railway (SVR) received a Lottery funded grant to construct a new visitor centre and storage for it’s historic engines. George Law were appointed by SVR to build the new Engine House at Highley in Bridgnorth, Shropshire which incorporated a visitor reception, gift shop, cafe and educational centre.

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Innovative Design

Built on the side of the Severn Valley on the site of some old coal sidings and partly on the disused mine.  Laws was charged with stabilising the slope on which the building was to be constructed. 

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Nearing completion

These works included vibro‑stabilisation, ground anchors, piles, gabion retaining walls and soil nails which were constructed in defined phases to enable progression of the works across the site. 

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Land stabilisation

Once well founded, drainage from the site was managed through a swale adjacent to the railway to hold and manage any surge and then under the railway to an outfall into the river Severn.

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Track installation

This project won the ICE West Midlands award for Highly Commended Construction 2008 - for an “outstanding example of a civil engineering project”