The most unusual obstacle in the £2.5m refurbishment of Reddish Viaduct? A witch’s curse.

Nothing fazes our teams: not even a witch’s curse on an upcoming project. Local legend said that when Reddish Viaduct was first built in 1875, an unhappy witch cursed its construction – as well as anyone who ever tried to count the viaduct’s arches.

Admittedly, this wasn’t really a key challenge facing our team – but make no mistake, there were plenty of those. After all, this was part of a nationwide £40bn Network Railway upgrade plan – and the work we’d do would help the viaduct survive for another 100 years. That’s some legacy, especially for our graduates.

But no matter how intimidating it sounds, our impressively capable team rose to the task. Together, they planned how to use engineering trains to remove 3,000 tonnes of railway track from this grade-II listed structure. They scheduled efficiently to shorten the project timeline from 18 months to just nine days. And of course, they did it all whilst minimising disruption to a live national train network.

Now, thanks to our innovative engineering, our support for each other, and our constant emphasis on quality and safety, the Reddish Viaduct will stand proud for another century. And in the long run? Maybe that’s why the witch seemed not to mind at all.

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