Upper Gynack Bridge, Kingussie
The Upper Gynack Bridge in Kingussie forms an important link across the Gynack burn and is a key part of the Paths Around Kingussie network of informal paths.
The bridge structure was inspected a few years ago at the same time that COAT was working with KCDC to replace the bridge further downstream; it was deemed then to require immediate structural repairs including replacement of the deck and handrails and repainting of the steel beams. The potential cost of this work meant that it was more cost-effective to build a new structure, to a more modern design which would have the added benefit of improving access at the same time.
Work began in June 2011 when COAT appointed an engineer to redesign the bridge. As a cost-effective solution the same design which had been used on a bridge further downstream was proposed – the ‘Ranger’ aerial-mast bridge. This design has the advantage that the structure has a high strength to weight ratio; meaning that it can be placed easily across sites without specialist lifting equipment and on sites which are difficult to access.
The design was submitted to planning and approved; following planning approval Scottish Natural Heritage and Brown Forbes Memorial Trust funding allowed the construction and installation of the bridge to be completed.