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Alignment of Wembley bridge arches is probed

Surveyors have been called in to check the alignment of arches on one of the main entry points to Wembley Stadium, it was revealed this week
The steel arches hang over two walkways of the White Horse Bridge, which carries spectators over rail lines running past the stadium. The 50m long and 25m wide bridge was designed by architect Marks Barfield with consultant Halcrow and comprises four bow string steel arches. Main contractor was Nuttall with steelwork fabricated by Cleveland Bridge.It is understood that architect Marks Barfield has commissioned a 3-D survey of the bridge following completion last summer. It is understood that the firm was unhappy that the arches were not installed along the precise alignment it had originally designed. It is also understood the architect felt this left the arches looking 'messy' and out-of kilter.Marks Barfield refused to comment on whether it had commissioned a survey. When asked whether the survey was the basis for litigation, a spokesman for the architect said: 'Marks Barfield is happy to announce that we are not engaged in legal action on any of our projects.'The problem one of a number of items on a large snagging list for the bridge. Cosmetic work was still under way this week, with subcontractors repainting it and fixing handrail wires. Metal grids to stop objects being thrown from the bridge on to the railway line had to be re-manufactured as original designs failed to fit flush between the walkway arches.A Nuttall spokesman said: 'There are ongoing cosmetic issues that were raised a couple of months ago. These are minor cosmetic changes that the client is paying for and we have not been asked to carry out any structural work on the bridge.'Client for the bridge is the London Development Agency. A spokesman said: 'It is fair to say that the geometry of the design made it difficult to achieve a perfect finish, but Marks Barfield and Halcrow have worked together to find a solution. Both Marks Barfield and Halcrow have endorsed the finished design.'

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