Bridge rehabilitation specialists awarded Bristol Redcliffe bridge renovation project

8th March 2021

Cleveland Bridge UK has been awarded a substantial refurbishment contract to undertake renovations of Bristol’s Redcliffe Bridge.

The iconic bridge is part of the floating harbour in Bristol, linking Redcliffe Way to the city centre. It was constructed in 1942, and in 1996 underwent a major electrical and control system refit bringing the installation up to the current industry standards.

Cleveland Bridge has been named as principal contractor for the latest refurbishment work on the floating harbour bridge, delivering the project throughout 2021 with the support of design house Jacobs.

Awarded as part of a multi-million-pound project from Bristol City Council, the project draws upon the depth of skills and proven expertise developed by Cleveland Bridge UK’s Rehabilitation Team.

With wide experience of project management, inspection and bridge rehabilitation worldwide, the team supports life extension programmes across the UK’s bridge network and internationally.

The scope of work includes refurbishment of the internal steelwork and bridge parapet, water proofing of the bridge deck, and mechanical and electrical modifications including the removal of the existing gates and machinery and replacing them with rising arm barriers.

Details are still being agreed for the road closure that this work will require later in the year. This is likely to be late summer, and Bristol City Council will announce dates and diversion information in the coming months.

In addition to its expertise in the field of bridge rehabilitation, Cleveland Bridge UK also secured the project on account of its social responsibility and commitment to skills development.

In line with current coronavirus restrictions and its covid-safe measures, Cleveland Bridge UK will be supporting young people from the Bristol area by providing training opportunities through local schools and will also employ at least one young person on site.

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge said: “Alongside our proud reputation for building bridges in the UK and around the world we are also gaining a strong track record for rehabilitation projects, which is extending the life of important pieces of transport infrastructure such as the iconic Redcliffe Bridge.

“Securing this contract is testament to the expertise of our bridge rehabilitation team, but also to our standards of excellence and common sense of purpose. This includes the delivery of complex and specialist projects as well as reflecting our dedication to supporting the communities in which we work to leave a skills and employment legacy.

“We hope that our involvement in this project will help to stimulate interest in STEM-related industries among local young people and lay the foundations for fulfilling career paths working on exciting projects like the renovations of Redcliffe Bridge.”

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