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26 May 2015
Discover the Engineering in Everything

Engineering – it’s in everything, and now you can find out how at a free event for all ages. Rochester Bridge Trust and the University of Greenwich have teamed up to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June, in the Pembroke Wardroom of the university’s Medway Campus. . . . More


Langdon the Lion at Bridge Building Event

18 May 2015
FM Conway to Maintain Rochester Bridge

A five-year contract to maintain the bridges over the Medway at Rochester has been awarded to FM Conway, a leading Kent infrastructure services company, which has its headquarters in Dartford . . . More


The Old Bridge at Rochester

14 May 2015
Trust Named on Kent Awards Shortlists

The Rochester Bridge Trust has been shortlisted in two Kent awards schemes. The inaugural Kent Digital Awards celebrate endeavours in the virtual world, while the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) are judged according to the management and organisational achievements of the entrants. . . . More


Langdon Jumps for Joy

16 April 2015
New Group Investigates Engineering Heritage

The Kent & East Sussex Branch of the Historical Engineering Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers will hold its inaugural meeting at Rochester Cathedral on Tuesday, 2nd June 2015. Edward Morton, specialist conservation engineer, will give the inaugural address entitled “The Engineering Challenges of Cathedrals.” . . . More


Rochester Cathedral


Bridge Wardens’ Lectures 2015

The Rochester Bridge Trust – A Unique Survivor

Sue Threader B.Eng (Hons), CEng, MICE – Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive)

Thursday 30th April 2015

The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 and is a unique survivor of the medieval system of providing river crossings free of charge to the public from charitable funds. This illustrated talk from Sue Threader, the first woman and the first chartered engineer to hold the position of Bridge Clerk in over 600 years, will tell the story of Rochester Bridge from AD43 to the present day and explain the current work of the Trust.

Rochester Bridge during the Anglo-French Wars

Professor David Ormrod, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Kent

Tuesday 9th June 2015

This year is the 200th anniversary year of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The uncertainty surrounding the Anglo-French Wars of 1793-1815 had profound consequences for life across the country, and the Rochester Bridge Trust was not immune to its effects. Professor Ormrod will provide a fascinating insight into the events and mood of the time and how these affected the Bridge Warden’s efforts to maintain and improve their crumbling medieval bridge.

Lectures will be held in the medieval Bridge Chapel, 5 Esplanade, Rochester, ME1 1QE.
Refreshments available from 6:30 p.m. Lectures begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are free but MUST be booked in advance from Sue Reilly by email or by telephone on 01892 513033.

The Wildlife of the North Kent Marshes

Alan Jarrett, Junior Warden, Rochester Bridge Trust

Tuesday 20th October 2015

As well as serving as the Junior Warden of the Trust, Alan Jarrett has been wildfowling for over 40 years, mostly in Kent but variously around other English and Scottish estuaries and firths and latterly abroad. He is a well-known sports writer. His first book, Wildfowling – One Winter’s Tale, was published in 1988 with Shooting At Clays published in 1991. To date he has published over 600 articles on all facets of country sports, conservation and other subjects. Alan is the current Chairman of both the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association.


Property Management Advice Required

The Rochester Bridge Trust is a 616-year-old charity which provides crossings of the River Medway at Rochester free of charge to the public. The funding for our work is generated by financial investments and the income from an extensive property estate comprising:

  • 6,500 acres of let farms in three counties
  • 65 residential properties
  • Various retail and other commercial properties.

A property surveyor is employed to manage the estates and advise the charity’s trustees. The services required from the property surveyor include property management, maintenance and improvement, planning, building surveying, sales and purchases, client accounting, and charity reporting.

During 2015, the Trust plans to review the terms of this appointment, prepare a detailed specification of all the services required, and implement a new performance-based payment structure and contractual terms. We are seeking a property management practice to work closely with the Trust’s experienced officers to prepare new documentation. The successful appointee will be able to advise on the full range of property surveyor’s services, draft accurate documentation, understand contract payment options; and manage the process efficiently.

Please note that this is not a job opportunity for a new surveyor. The Trust is not planning to re-tender the current property surveyor’s service at this time.

To express an interest in this advisory role, please apply before 22nd June 2015, by email or in writing to Mrs S.E.P. Threader, Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive), Bridge Chamber, 5 Esplanade, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1QE, with details of experience and the practice’s qualifications to carry out the project. Any queries should also be directed to this email address. Please do not contact the Trust by telephone.


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