A90 Burnshot Bridge

Edinburgh, UK

The old Burnshot Bridge was taken down in November 2017 and replaced with a temporary footbridge until a new bridge was in place. Innovative design solutions were required for the permanent replacement to address the acute angle of the wing walls and the need for custom-made facing blocks. 


  • In-house Tensar design service acting as specialist designers 
  • Natural stone appearance offered a high quality aesthetic finish to meet client requirements 
  • Reduction in cost and carbon emissions
Client's Challenge

Edinburgh City Council required a highly aesthetic finish to their latest bridge project due to the prominent location. The bridge is situated on one of the main roads leading into Scotland’s capital city.

Tensar Solution

Tensar was appointed by Balfour Beatty as the element designer for the bridge abutments and wing walls using our TensarTech TW3 system. This system holds current HAPAS certification which confirmed it complied with the project and client requirements. The TW3 system has a high-quality aesthetic finish as the concrete split face blocks have the appearance of natural stone. It is also fast, easy and safe to build, keeping this SCAPE framework contract on schedule.