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17 February 2015
Lane Restrictions on Rochester New Bridge

Essential road repairs will lead to two overnight lane closures on and near Rochester Bridge this week. On Wednesday, 18 February, one lane of Rochester New Bridge will be closed. . . . More


6 January 2015
Trust Sponsors New Bridge Wardens' Scholars

The Rochester Bridge Trust announced its sponsorship of two new Arkwright Scholars at the 2014 Arkwright Awards Ceremony in London on 31 October. This year’s recipients, sixth form students Adam Lord from Trinity School in Croydon and Åsa Löfstedt from Putney High School GDST, will be known as Bridge Wardens’ Scholars. . . . More


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30 October 2014
Scholar on Course to Fulfil Engineering Ambition

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s latest Bridge Wardens' Engineering Scholar, Helen Phillips from Bromley, is closer to her dream career after embarking on the first year of a four-year Civil Engineering degree course at Bristol University. The Trust identifies suitable candidates to support through the national charity, the Arkwright Scholarships Trust. . . . More


Helen Phillips Bridge Wardens' Scholar 2012


The Rochester Bridge Trust and its friendly education mascot Langdon the Lion have launched a new educational booklet for children aged 8 to 11 years old called Learning About Bridges. Written by Bridge Clerk and Chartered Civil Engineer Sue Threader, Learning about Bridges is informative, lively, colourful and interactive. The booklet uses the character of Langdon the Lion, the 'guardian of Rochester Bridge', to lead children through 12 easy-to-follow chapters, including 'The Language of Bridges', 'Loads and Forces' and the 'Bridge Building Challenge', appealing to both girls and boys.

President of the Institution of Civil Engineers Professor David Balmforth
and Bridge Clerk Sue Threader pose with Langdon the Lion

Learning about Bridges is much more than just a book; it is an education kit containing lesson plans for teachers to use in after school clubs and step by step directions for parents to use with their children at home. Describing it as “a project which is particularly close to my heart,” Sue Threader says, “I feel passionately that quality work with this age group is vital and will deliver the best returns in terms of encouraging more pupils to consider civil engineering for future study and a career.” You can read more about Sue’s educational work with schoolchildren on Hyder Insights Thought Leadership Forum.

Langdon the Lion relaxes with Professor David Balmforth in the ICE Library
as they read Learning About Bridges


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