Rochester Bridge Trust News Archive 2013

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Progress Report on New Gas Main

In September, Southern Gas Networks (SGN) commenced work on a project to upgrade the local gas supply network in Rochester. The existing supply main, carried by the Rochester Old Bridge, has reached the end of its useful life. A new main, laid across the river in the Service Bridge, is now in the final stages […]

Overnight Lane Closure on Rochester Bridge

There will be off-peak single lane closures on Rochester Old Bridge from 9.30am to 3pm on Tuesday, 15 October, and Wednesday, 16 October, for engineering works. A traffic management scheme will be in place. Rochester Old Bridge carries traffic westbound from Rochester to Strood. For further media information, please contact Philip Jones, or Delphine Houlton, […]

Gas upgrade in the pipeline for Rochester as part of £500,000 project

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) has begun work to upgrade the local gas supply network in Rochester. The existing metal gas main, which is carried across the Medway on Rochester Old Bridge, has come to the end of its useful life. We will be replacing the existing strategic metal pipe with plastic (polyethylene) and steel pipe, […]

Fort’s Historic Munitions Set for Display

An exhibition featuring important elements of Fort Amherst’s historic ordnance collection will open later this year thanks to a £1,800 grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Fort Amherst Trust will showcase a broad display of local and national pieces, until now kept under wraps due to lack of funding. Items include Napoleonic-era experimental cannons […]

Overnight Lane Closure on Rochester Bridge

There will be overnight single lane closures on Rochester Bridge on Tuesday, 30 July 2013, and on Saturday, 10 August 2013. On Tuesday, 30 July, one lane of the Old Bridge, carrying traffic westward from Rochester to Strood, will be closed from 8:00 p.m. and reopened ahead of the Wednesday morning rush hour. On 10 […]

Overnight Lane Closure on Rochester New Bridge

One lane of the Rochester New Bridge carrying traffic eastwards from Strood to Rochester over the River Medway will be closed overnight on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. Full traffic management systems will be in place on both days from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for essential cleaning and maintenance work to be […]

Gothic Window Restored Thanks to Trust Grant

A church window dating back to the 14th century is being restored thanks in part to a £1,000 grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The stonework of the damaged window at St Mary’s Church, Chiddingstone, is currently being repaired with wealden sandstone. This painstaking work is expected to be completed by the end of June. […]

Trust Wins Award for Bridging Gap between Schools, Engineering, and History

The Rochester Bridge Trust has won an award for its work promoting civil engineering and the history of bridges at schools in Kent. The Steve Tebb Schools Outreach Award was presented to representatives of the Rochester Bridge Trust by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Senior Vice President, Geoff French, during a ceremony held at […]

Trust Lays Foundation For Eastgate House Wall Research

The Rochester Bridge Trust has paved the way for heritage experts to probe further into a patch of mysterious paintings and scrollwork recently uncovered at Eastgate House. The Trust presented the Friends of Eastgate House with a £2,000 grant to help the preservation team to delve deeper into the partially revealed details, found on sections […]

Trust Supports Restoration of Pugin’s Church

A Ramsgate church’s restoration fund has been given a boost by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Friends of St Augustine’s Church preservation campaign received a £1,400 grant from the Trust to help pay for the restoration of the historic building’s stained glass windows as well as the metal and stonework surrounds. This painstaking and specialist […]

Church Set to Restore Historic Door Thanks to Trust Grant

A worn wooden door dating back to the 14th century will be restored to its former glory thanks to a £1,000 grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The decaying west door at All Saints’ Church, Graveney, near Faversham, has stood for more than 600 years, but has suffered gradual wear and tear and is now […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Appoints Rathbones

The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed award-winning Rathbone Investment Management (Rathbones) to oversee its financial investment portfolio. The Trust, founded at the end of the 14th century, still serves its original purpose of providing bridges over the River Medway at Rochester in perpetuity. The Trust has full responsibility for maintaining the two road bridges and […]

A2 Lane Closure on Rochester Old Bridge

The old Rochester Bridge, which carries traffic westbound from Rochester to Strood, will be affected by essential repair work being undertaken by Southern Gas Networks on Tuesday, April 23. The outside lane of the bridge, near Esplanade, will be closed from 9.30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for repairs to a gas main. Hyder Consulting, Bridge […]

Trust Grant Re-launches Seafaring Schools Programme

Thousands of pupils will now get hands-on experience at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham each year thanks to a £3,000 grant from The Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust’s community grant has supported the Dockyard’s re-launch of its seafaring-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools programme. The former naval dockyard first launched its STEM programmes, […]

Trust Supports Cathedral Restoration Work

In 2006, the Rochester Bridge Trust committed funding of £250,000 over a number of years to support restoration work to the historic fabric of Rochester Cathedral. To date, two major projects have been completed. The first comprised stonework repairs and other restoration work to the Lady Chapel and South Transept. The Trust was particularly pleased […]

Schools Rise to Bridge Building Challenge

Young engineers from Luton Junior School, Chatham, took top honours at the annual bridge building competition sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust and held at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham. Pupils from Riverview Junior School, Gravesend, took second place, and Byron Primary School, Gillingham, were third. The five-strong school teams were treated to a day […]

Sue Shares her Enthusiasm for Building Bridges

Sue Threader, a professional civil engineer and Bridge Clerk to the historic Rochester Bridge Trust, has been passing on her skills to pupils at Benedict House Preparatory School, Sidcup. Mrs Threader has been running an after-school club on bridge building for the pupils sharing her enthusiasm for engineering and construction. “We took a really hands-on […]

Pupils Discover the Secrets of Bridge Building

Young engineers at Brompton-Westbrook Primary School were shown the secrets of bridge building when they were joined by representatives of Hyder Consulting – the official Bridge Engineer for the Rochester Bridge Trust. David Miller and Chloe Stearn, of Hyder Consulting, worked with pupils to build a bridge, test its strength and examine the theory behind […]

River Inspires Art For Life Mosaics and Exhibition

A series of three mosaics designed and created by members of the Medway Art for Life group have been presented to The Rochester Bridge Trust. Helen Corbett, the Trust’s Chief Finance Officer, received the mosaics at the official opening of the Art for Life exhibition celebrating the River Medway, at Chatham Nucleus Arts Centre. Art […]

University Welcomes Aspiring Arkwright Engineers

Experiments with ground-penetrating radar and computer-aided design to create prototype models were just two of many treats enjoyed by aspiring young engineers and designers when they visited the University of Greenwich at Medway. The GCSE and A-level students from Kent and Medway schools took part in an engineering experience day organised by The Arkwright Scholarships […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Aids Medway Queen Restoration

The Rochester Bridge Trust has made a £1,500 community grant to the Medway Queen Preservation Society to reconstruct a bow rudder for the Medway Queen. The paddle steamer, which was built specifically for services on the River Medway and the Thames, is the only surviving estuary paddle steamer in the UK. The Medway Queen, which […]

Local Arkwright Scholars Backed by Trust

The Rochester Bridge Trust is supporting two outstanding local school students hoping to pursue careers in engineering: Reece McAllister, of Chatham Grammar School for Boys, and Helen Phillips, of Bromley High School. During their final two years at school this support will include opportunities to meet leading engineers and find out more about the profession […]

Arkwright Scholars Attend ICE

Past and present Bridge Wardens Scholars visited the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) at One Great George Street, Westminster, on Wednesday, 19 December. Before a luncheon hosted by the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Bridge Clerk, the scholars were given a guided tour of the library, board room, lecture theatres, and the Great Hall. From […]

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