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This project at Baitings Reservoir saw us marry our knowledge of the water industry with our highways expertise.  We replaced the 105m bridge deck and constructed new bearings. In the North West of England we renewed the current sea wall by placing new rock armour wall to ensure it provided protection to the coast for years to come. Under a framework for North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency we deliver works such as the installation of noise mitigation and vehicle restraint barriers, like these pictured on the A55.


JN Bentley has traditionally held a presence in the highways and local authority sectors – with our workload growing in the sector in recent times.

We have a large and dedicated workforce with experience in undertaking highway structures work and our team is familiar with the relevant Department for Transport Specifications for Highway Works.

We are accustomed to working with local authorities in road renewal, bridge refurbishment contracts, pedestrianisation projects and city/town centre enhancement programmes.

Through this experience, we know how important it is to deliver projects with minimal disruption to members of the public. Where access through the site needs to be maintained, we understand the additional responsibility to protect members of the general public, as well as our own construction teams, operating to stringent operational safety standards.

In our history we have undertaken a wide variety of projects and built lasting relationships with local authorities including The North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent, Sunderland City Council, Cumbria County Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Leeds City Council and Bradford Metropolitan Council, to name just a few.

In addition to collaborating with local authorities, we often lend our highways experience to clients in others sectors, such as the award-winning Baitings Gate Bridge constructed for Yorkshire Water.

Baitings Gate Bridge

Baitings Gate Bridge, which crosses the upstream end of Baitings Impounding Reservoir near Ripponden, West Yorkshire, required significant structural alterations.

The brief for the project included the removal of the existing bridge deck structure, refurbishment of the pier heads where required, and construction of a new deck and bearings, designed and constructed to modern bridge standards.

Operational constraints on water level led the team to propose a barge and crane arrangement (both in demolition and construction). The project utilised pre-cast concrete products and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure efficient delivery.

North Wales Trunk Road

Our first project with North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency was located on the eastbound slip road of the A55 North Wales Coast Road, near St Asaph.

The project consisted of the installation of 115m of 2.5m-high noise mitigation barriers to reduce the noise levels heard by nearby residents. The second project was also located on the A55 Holyhead to South of Chester Trunk Road between Junctions 27 and 27a near St Asaph. The scope here consisted of replacing nearly 850m of vehicle restraint barriers in the central reservation.

Rampside Seawall

This project, located in the North West of England, renewed the current sea wall to provide protection to the coast for years to come.

Work included the removal of nearly 150m of existing concrete wall; tie-in to existing concrete; the extension of current drainage and formation of concrete structures to secure drainage in rock armour region; placing of geotextile liner and bedding; and the stacking of large stones uniformly to create rock armour, a stable permanent feature mitigating coastal erosion in the Rampside area.

Eakring Access Roads

To facilitate the training of their linesmen, National Grid proposed the construction of a new training overhead line at their training facility at Eakring, Nottinghamshire.

The proposal comprised eight new T-Pylon test structures. The line spans approximately 1km over undulating land, which had previously been used for agricultural purposes. In order for this work to be undertaken and for the future maintenance and testing works, enabling works were required, including the provision of access tracks to each pylon locations.

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