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Greenburn, New Cumnock

client: East Ayrshire Council

Greenburn, New Cumnock

Kier built the £1.5m bridge in 2012 to access the most recent extension at the time to the site, known as Braehead Farm. Which was the only accessible by crossing the River Nith as the area contained 1.5 million tonnes of coal to be mined. The bridge was built to withstand the weight and size of large 300-tonne excavators and remained in place until mining activities were completed. Omni Core Drilling was engaged to reduce the mass of the bridge structure prior to the Local authority taking over the bridge for public use. 

Omni Core Drilling (OCD) provided labour, management, and equipment to efficiently remove the concrete sides and reduce the deck mass, all with the objective of ensuring that the River Nith below was not contaminated. Omni Core Drilling mobilised their specialist concrete cutting equipment to this rural location whilst adhering to HSEQ CDM regulations and working closely with our client to cut each section. drill vertical cores through the structure, and install and test the lifting anchors to allow each section to be removed by overhead crane.

OCD then reduced the road width using a remote-controlled track saw, all while controlling the cooling water and ensuring dust was suppressed to ensure the surrounding area and river were not contaminated.