March 2, 2020 @ 12:37 by Steven Hugill
An historic bridge builder has strengthened its presence in the refurbishment market with work on a landmark city crossing.
Cleveland Bridge UK is supporting a project to revitalise Nottingham’s Trent Bridge [pictured left].
The Darlington-based firm’s bridge rehabilitation team will deliver a seven-month maintenance programme on the structure, which will include applying 120 square metres of gold leafing to the structure’s fascia.
The company will also paint all steel and cast-iron elements of the bridge, covering more than 11,000 square metres, replace a small number of damaged cast iron parapet components, and complete stonework repairs to piers and abutments.
Bosses say the painting of the bridge, which stands adjacent to the city’s international cricket ground and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground football stadium, will help secure its long-term load-carrying capacity by providing improved resistance to corrosion and degradation.
Jim Mawson, head of operational delivery at Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “We are very proud to be awarded this prestigious refurbishment project for one of the UK’s most iconic city centre bridges.
“Working in close collaboration with the city and county councils, our rehabilitation team will apply its extensive experience to extend the lifespan of Trent Bridge, including having the honour of applying the highly-recognisable gold leaf that greets commuters and visitors to the city as they cross the river.”
The project is part of a £1.1 million investment that is equally funded by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Councillor Adele Williams, City Council portfolio holder for transport, added: “With its nearby cricket ground namesake known worldwide, Trent Bridge is an iconic gateway to the city.
“Together with the county council, we are committed to maintaining it and keeping it looking its best.
“This re-painting will help protect and preserve the bridge, while freshening it up for many years to come.”