24 Jun 2020
Warriston Road Railway Bridge is a high skew, three-span masonry viaduct with solid masonry parapets. The superstructure is supported on masonry abutments and piers with coped semi-circular cutwater buttresses. The total length of the bridge is 36.3m, measured from abutment to abutment. Masonry wingwalls are provided at each corner. The structure was constructed in the 19th century to carry a railway line over both Warriston Road and the Water of Leith. Following closure of the railway line, the Warriston Path cycle/footway was introduced. The viaduct is category B listed.
Warriston Road Bridge is a single span masonry arch structure with a span of 9m which carries Warriston Road over the Warriston Path. In fact, both bridges form part of the National Route 75 of the National Cycle Network connecting Leith in east Edinburgh with Portavadie on the Cowall Peninsula in Argyll.
As a renowned and authentic multi-discipline contractor, The Zenith Group of Companies has just successfully completed a major refurbishment of both bridges for the City of Edinburgh Council. The robust and complex scaffold access arrangement was designed in house by Zenith Consultants taking in to account the need to keep the National Route open at all times. It was erected by Zenith SAS Limited’s dedicated scaffolding team following which Zenith Property Conservation Limited carried out the extensive repairs.
The scope of works included the removal and disposal of vegetation, masonry repairs and repointing, masonry cleaning and graffiti removal, the application of surface protection and remedial works to 2no. retaining walls.