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 national 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 bowstring steel arches.
Main contractor was Nuttall with steelwork fabricated by Cleveland Bridge.
It is understood that architect Marks Barfi ld has commissioned a 3-D survey of the bridge following completion last summer. NCE understands that the firm was unhappy that the arches were not installed along the precise alignment it had originally designed.
It is understood the architect felt this left the arches looking 'messy' and out-of kilter.
Marks Barfied 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. fl 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.
fiThese 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. fl Client for the bridge is the London Development Agency. A spokesman said: fiIt is fair to say that the geometry of the design made it diffi ult to achieve a perfect fi nish, but Marks Barfi eld and Halcrow have worked together to fi nd a solution. Both Marks Barfi d and Halcrow have endorsed the finished design. fl John McKenna