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Highways England updates Series 1800, Structural Steelwork Specification

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Highways England has published updated versions of the Specification for Highway Works (SHW) Series 1800 – Structural Steelwork and the associated Notes for Guidance Series NG 1800.

The update to Series 1800/NG 1800 aligns the structural steelwork specification with BS EN 1090-2:2018, and takes account of the guidance provided in PD 6705-2:2020 on the application of BS EN 1090-2 to the execution of steel bridges. The update also addresses feedback received on the previous version of the specification.

The update includes a number of key changes, including a requirement that the constructor’s welding quality system should be independently certified as being in accordance with the relevant part of BS EN ISO 3834, which supports the lead taken on this issue by the BCSA for the steelwork industry generally.

New requirements have also been added to address the supply and verification of structural steel products, including a reference to National Highway Sector Scheme 3B as a means of satisfying these requirements.

Geoff Bowden, a Principal Advisor at Highways England, said: “The updated specification will ensure all work involving structural steelwork on Highways England’s Motorways and Major A roads continues to be carried out to the highest standard, helping to keep our road users safe.”

The updated documents are available on the Standards for Highways Web site: https://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/ha/standards/mchw/index.htm

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