Rochester Bridge Trust News Archive 2014

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Lane Closure on Rochester Esplanade Extended

Essential repair work on Rochester Esplanade is set to continue until the middle of next week. Following repairs to a sewage pipe, Southern Water is rebuilding the ground above. Traffic controls will continue to be implemented between 7:30am and 5:00pm to allow crews to carry out the work in safety. A spokesman for Rochester Bridge […]

Bridge Wardens’ 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. Helen, 18, a former student […]

Lane closure on Rochester Esplanade

Essential repairs to a sewage pipe will lead to a partial lane closure along Rochester Esplanade during half term week. The works by Southern Water will see a flower bed dug up to access the underground pipe on the river side of the road opposite the castle and Rochester Bridge Trust. From Monday, 27th October, […]

Bridge Wardens Visit Kent Estate

The Trust owns three major bridges across the Medway at Rochester – the two A2 road bridges and a service bridge which carries pipes and cables across the river. The maintenance and management if these bridges is carried out at no cost to the public by the Trust using its own funds derived from donations […]

Restoration of Iconic Short Brothers’ Floatplane

A rare Scion Floatplane built in Kent by Short Brothers – the aviation pioneers – is being restored, thanks to the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust has presented Medway Aircraft Preservation Society’s team of volunteers with a grant of £40,000 to bring the historic aircraft back to its former glory. The Scion Floatplane G-AEZF, one […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Shortlisted for Award

Centuries of engineering pedigree have seen the Rochester Bridge Trust shortlisted for a 2014 Charity of the Year award. Tasked with maintaining historic road and service bridges since 1399, The Rochester Bridge Trust has utilised the expertise of a long list of illustrious engineers, including John Rennie, Thomas Telford, Sir William Cubitt, and Cecil Howard […]

Historic River Wall Cleaning Underway

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s major cleaning, inspection and repairs programme for its historic river embankments has started. A team of specialists is currently washing off and inspecting river walls on the Strood embankment of the River Medway. The team, and their work platform on a telescopic arm, will move to the Rochester side of the […]

Exhibition Celebrates Creative Solutions for Designing the Future

Creative solutions to some of the biggest challenges of the next 20 to 100 years, featuring the work of almost 200 pupils from nine Kent secondary schools, are now on display at the Designing The Future exhibition, which runs until July 10 at No1 Smithery, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The students attended a series […]

Centenary Award for Rochester Bridge Trust

Rochester Bridge Trust’s work over the last 100 years has been marked with the awarding of a commemorative plaque. Presented by the City of Rochester Society (CoRS), the plaque recognises the Trust’s contribution to conservation within the city over the last 100 years. The award was made on 14 May 2014 during the centenary celebrations […]

Trust Commissions Inspection of Historic River Walls

The Rochester Bridge Trust has commissioned a major inspection of, and repairs to, its historic river embankments. As tides permit, a team of specialists will use a large underbridge unit with a work platform on a telescopic arm reaching over the side of the river wall and down to the riverbed level. They will remove […]

Michael Lewis, DL (1933-2014)

With regret we report the death of Michael Lewis during the night of 14/15 May 2014. Earlier that day, the Trust had been celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the re-opening of the reconstructed Rochester Bridge. It was a sad, but in many ways appropriate, day for his passing, since for much of his professional […]

Sculptor of Old Bridge Lions Revealed

During the centenary year marking the reconstruction of the Rochester Old Bridge, the identity of the sculptor who created the four impressive lions for the bridge has finally been revealed.… read more →

The Problem with Pigeons

The Rochester Bridge Trust is facing an increasingly urgent and expensive problem caused by pigeons. Feral pigeons are descended from rock pigeons that naturally roost on sheltered ledges. The road bridges at Rochester, which are owned and maintained by the Trust, provide excellent roosting ledges for pigeons, especially underneath the carriageway. The problem is not […]

New Lamps for Old Bridge

The proposed Old Bridge Refurbishment works due to start in Autumn 2014 will include the restoration of the historical street lighting apparatus and replacement of the existing contemporary lighting with replica historical lighting equipment. To facilitate the proposed refurbishment works some advance investigations are necessary to determine whether the old and new lighting equipment are […]

Revealing Lady Darnley’s Corset

During an additional Old Bridge centenary lecture on Wednesday, April 2, costume detective and specialist dressmaker Meridith Towne will share the secrets of the outfit and underwear worn by Lady Darnley when she officially opened the reconstructed Rochester Old Bridge in May 1914. Following overwhelming demand, The Rochester Bridge Trust has asked Ms Towne to […]

Search for the Roman Bridge

Every few years the Rochester Bridge Trust undertakes a bathymetric survey of the riverbed under Rochester Bridge. The survey employs a vessel-mounted sonar to detect the depth of the riverbed and check for any undermining of the bridge piers and foundations. The Port of London Authority (PLA) surveying team undertook the latest survey for the […]

Tunnels Open Pupils’ Eyes to Wartime School Life

Primary pupils are enjoying a taste of school life during the Second World War in the grounds of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. With support of a grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust, the school has opened up six classroom areas in its Second World War bunker. Andy Browne, director of resources at Maidstone Grammar […]

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