AmcoGiffen lands major Brunel bridge upgrade


AmcoGiffen has been appointed main contractor on a multi-million-pound upgrade of a 170-year-old bridge designed by a famous civil engineer. 

Chepstow Viaduct.
Credit: Network Rail.
by Rory ButlerFebruary 13, 2023

The firm was selected by Network Rail to refurbish the historic Chepstow Viaduct as part of a wider package of works to the Severn Estuary Line.   

The scheme is valued at £4.6 million. 

The Grade II listed structure was built to the instructions of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1852.   

It is considered one of Brunel’s major achievements and became the basis of design for the iconic Royal Albert Bridge, which links Devon and Cornwall.   

Today, the bridge carries passenger and freight trains over the river Wye between South Wales and the West Country, Midlands and north of England. 

Scope of works 

  • steelwork repairs 
  • waterproofing 
  • masonry repairs 
  • reenforcing abutments     

On the job 

  • SRK Scaffolding 

The works form part of the Severn Estuary Resilience Programme. 

“As always, we are aiming to complete this project as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to an absolute minimum,” said Lee Ackerman, scheme project manager at Network Rail.   

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