Popes Bridge Oxfordshire

Project Bridge over Birmingham Canal, Enstone, Oxfordshire
Client Sandwell Borough CouncilT
Stage Complete
Description Design and construction of bridge over canal and along side existing structure.

Fact File

Structure Matière CM4 64m²/15m² sectional precast concrete arch
Span 9.17m (internal)
Height 4.30m (internal)
Length 7.5m (3 no. Units @ 2.5m wide)


  • Install alongside a century old brick arch structure
  • Span the canal and tow-path
  • Keep canal open/live during construction works


  • Two different types of lower elements were designed to achieve to required skew of the original structure.
  • Specially devised construction methodology allowed the canal to remain open during construction.
  • The lower section of the Matière arch is buried in the earth to give the correct height to span ratio.

The Matiére system was originally developed in France for hydraulic structures in the 1980's, since then the system has been developed into a modular range of arch, box and portal frames for a wide range of transport and infrastucture applications. Indeed, some 10,000 structures already exsist worldwide exploiting soil structure interaction to minimise section sizes and allow rapid, cost effective on-site installation with precast units.

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Key Personnel

Main Board Directors
Pat O'Neill
Sean Minihane
Brendan O'Neill


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