Critical conservation work to help preserve our iconic Grand Bridge will be able to proceed thanks to a £547,200 grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. As well as securing the bridge for future generations, the work will provide a fascinating insight to the bridge’s history. Early investigations have already revealed paved sections, older cobbled areas and various graffiti bearing testimony to some of the early craftsmen who worked on the bridge.
The current work is being carried out to restore and repair the waterproof deck of the 18th century bridge in order to prevent on-going damage to the underlying structure. It will allow us to replace the deck of the iconic bridge, carry out essential drainage works, roadway repairs, and install a waterproof membrane to prevent water percolating through the stonework; there are also plans to provide a footpath which will allow pedestrians to cross the bridge in safety away from passing traffic.
We are working very closely with ecologists and bat specialists to ensure that they stay happy and safe during this and any future restoration work.
This image is an artist's impression of Vanbrugh's original design for the bridge.