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Double donation for construction charity

Wellbeing in the workplace has been given an early Christmas present thanks to a double donation.  FM Conway, Lead Contractor on the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project, agreed to donate one… read more →

Bridge building activities observed as part of Europe-wide research project

Learning through play is the focus of a research project to investigate the potential of informal activities to support wider learning. Exploring young people’s engagement with science, technology, engineering and… read more →

Single lane closures on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Motorists are advised there are to be overnight single lane closures on Rochester’s Old Bridge. The works are part of the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project, and will be carried out… read more →

Property professional to manage Trust’s estate

One of the country’s oldest charities has expanded to take on a new Chief Estates Officer to manage its property portfolio. Tim Cathcart joins the Rochester Bridge Trust’s senior management… read more →

Keeping a lid on noise

Everyone involved in the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project is committed to showing consideration to the community, and one of the ways we are doing this is by taking measures to… read more →

Bridge refurbishment team’s donation to food bank

A van load of donations has been delivered to Medway Foodbank, courtesy of the people working on the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project. The donations – which included food, toiletries and… read more →

Making light of future work with LEDs

This Bridge Engineer’s Blog has shared a number of posts about lighting. We’ve told you about lighting designs and temperature, about the work being done to create the lighting, we’ve… read more →

Historic charity recognised for commitment to modern construction

An ancient charity has been recognised for its work in improving the image of the modern construction industry. The Rochester Bridge Trust, which has owned and maintained bridges at Rochester… read more →

Free film screening to improve accessibility to engineering

A free screening of a fantasy adventure film aims to open up the endless possibilities of engineering to young children and their families. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms tells… read more →

Single lane closures on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there are to be overnight single lane closures on Rochester’s bridges. Traffic management will be put in place overnight on the New Bridge on Friday, 15th November,… read more →

Tradition thrives as charity commemorates founders

One of the county’s oldest charities held a service of memorial and remembrance as part of a tradition which has roots in medieval times. Held annually to commemorate the founders… read more →

Steelwork gives a glimpse of history

As work continues on the Old Bridge, details that are normally hidden from view are being revealed and help tell a story about the structure’s history. Visible from the scaffolding… read more →

Visualising the future

A modern tool that has proved invaluable during the planning and design of the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project is the ability to create 3D visualisations. As you can imagine, we… read more →

Working to create new heritage lighting

As part of the preparations for the Rochester Bridges Refurbishment Project we are working on improvements to the heritage lighting on the Old Bridge, Strood Esplanade and Rochester Esplanade. We’ve… read more →

Right turn closure off Rochester’s New Bridge

Motorists are advised there is to be a temporary closure of the right turn from the New Bridge onto Rochester Esplanade. Traffic management will be put in place during off-peak… read more →

Encapsulating the bridges for safety

When looking at the bridges from the riverside, people have a good view of the length of the Old Bridge, part of which is currently covered in vinyl sheeting. This… read more →

Filling the void – a history of the Rochester Esplanade lavatories

The Rochester Bridge Trust can now confirm the void left by the disused lavatories under Rochester Esplanade has been filled. When we have previously shared information about that part of… read more →

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the Old Bridge at Rochester, for five nights. The works are part of a routine cleaning programme and will… read more →

Engineering Late an opportunity to try bridges adventure golf

Grown-ups are being given the chance to experience learning through play when they visit a free Engineering Late open evening at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). A section of… read more →

Change to advertised lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Road users are advised there will be changes to previously advertised lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges from 30th October. This is to allow other areas of the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment… read more →

The Service Bridge, an update

While the upstream lane of the New Bridge has been closed, a major refurbishment has been undertaken on the Service Bridge. This separate bridge supports all the pipes and cables… read more →

Outstanding Contribution Award for Bridge Clerk

The Chief Executive of one of the country’s oldest charities has been presented with an award for her Outstanding Contribution to Civil Engineering. Sue Threader is the Bridge Clerk (Chief… read more →

Refurbishing the New Bridge, an update

As we prepare to slightly adjust the temporary layout of the New Bridge, here’s an update on progress to date.  The downstream footway and cycleway were removed temporarily so that… read more →

Overnight lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on both the bridges at Rochester. The works on the New Bridge are part of the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project,… read more →

Agricultural scholars grow their experience with farms tour

Agriculture scholars were given first-hand experience of the relationship between a bridge and the land during a tour of farms owned by one of the country’s oldest charities. As part… read more →

Illuminating historical travel

Do you know what’s missing from most of the historic paintings of Rochester Bridge? Well, not missing as such, more that it’s a thing we take for granted, but that… read more →

Hay for an historic health and safety notice

One of the (we think many) things that makes the Rochester Bridge Trust special is its adherence to tradition. There has been an unbroken chain of Senior Wardens since 1383;… read more →

The underdeck – an introduction

While there’s so much activity going on above the bridges, it can be easy to miss the fact there’s also a lot going on underneath. The more observant among you… read more →

Right turn closure off Rochester’s New Bridge

Motorists are advised there is to be a temporary closure of the right turn from the New Bridge onto Rochester Esplanade. The traffic management will begin with a series of… read more →

Adventure golf course tees off with launch event

What do a World Champion, a bridge and a Cathedral have in common? An evening celebrating the official opening of a very special adventure golf course, obviously! On Tuesday, 30th… read more →

Refurbishing the Service Bridge

As refurbishment work progresses on the New Bridge, the focus of activities has also turned to the Service Bridge. A 2015 Principal Inspection of the bridge – which means the… read more →

Introducing the Service Bridge

Did you know the Rochester Bridge Trust owns and maintains three bridges between Rochester and Strood? The Old Bridge and the New Bridge are the two crossings everyone recognises, and… read more →

Bridge Clerk shortlisted for national charity awards

The Chief Executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust has been shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards. Now in their 20th year, the awards are a celebration of best practice in… read more →

Overnight road closures in Strood

Motorists are advised that closures of Strood High Street for Medway Council’s works will lead to an effective closure of Rochester’s bridges overnight this weekend. Medway Council’s contractor will be… read more →

Explore engineering with hands-on challenges

There’s a new way to entertain and educate children, with the launch of free to download Exploring Engineering Challenges on our website. Designed to inspire young people to take an… read more →

Access limitations during Rochester events

Members of the public are advised there will be occasional limited access on and around the Castle area of Rochester Esplanade from Friday, 19th July, until Sunday, 21st July. Starting… read more →

Intermittent lane restrictions on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the Old Bridge at Rochester overnight on Friday and Saturday nights from Friday, 12th July. The works are part… read more →

Historic fort on the road to restoration

An historic strategic defence position is now two steps closer to becoming fully accessible to the public, thanks to the help of an ancient bridge charity. Slough Fort in Allhallows… read more →

Building bridges across and along the Medway

The close links between Tonbridge and one of the country’s oldest charities were celebrated when an exhibition about the history of bridges over the River Medway was officially opened. Bridge… read more →

The Third Lane

When the New Bridge was officially opened on 15th April 1970 – by Princess Margaret – it was built to have three lanes, the roadway we use today has two and… read more →

Duo re-elected to continue centuries-old tradition

A centuries-old tradition has continued at the Rochester Bridge Trust with the re-election of two Wardens. Russell Cooper and Phil Filmer are to continue in the roles of Senior Warden… read more →

Adventure Golf at Rochester Cathedral

Kent’s most unusual adventure golf course will be at Rochester Cathedral this summer. Created in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust, the Medieval Nave will be filled with a bridge-themed… read more →

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s New Bridge

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the New Bridge at Rochester overnight for four nights from Monday, 17th June. The works are part of the… read more →

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s New Bridge

Motorists are advised there will be a temporary single lane closure on the New Bridge at Rochester overnight on Monday, 3rd June. The works are part of the Rochester Bridge… read more →

Digging up Rochester Esplanade – an introduction

Located next to a medieval Bridge Chapel and a Norman Castle, it’s easy to forget that Rochester Esplanade near the end of Rochester Bridge is a relatively new construction. The… read more →

Modernising the New Bridge – parapet and lighting works

As many travellers will have noticed, there’s a temporary road layout on the New Bridge. The layout of the bridge has been adjusted to remove the footway and cycle lane… read more →

Children encouraged to take an interest in the Living Land

Children from across Kent and Medway have been gaining first-hand experience of the work that goes into putting food on their plate. Almost 3,000 children from 53 schools attended the… read more →

School activity day inspires tomorrow’s bridge builders

Civil engineers of the future have been inspired to take an interest in science and maths thanks to a day of hands-on learning activities. Pupils at Farnley Tyas First School… read more →

Director awards shortlisting for Bridge Clerk

Bridge Clerk Sue Threader has been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors’ London and South Director of the Year Awards 2019. The awards were open to all directors from the… read more →

Free heritage activities work to inspire young engineers

Discover the rich history of one of the country’s oldest charities – and take part in free learning activities – when a popular exhibition relocates upriver to Tonbridge. The Rochester… read more →

New bricks for historic doorway

Attention to detail has given an historic doorway a new lease of life, thanks to the efforts of specialist craftsmen. The doorway – which is the entrance porch to St… read more →

Introducing the Project Manager and The Contractor

The Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project is an 18-month scheme to refurbish the three bridges owned by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The work is paid for by the Trust – no… read more →

Temporary road layout for New Bridge

The New Bridge at Rochester is to be given a temporary road layout to facilitate the safety of staff and travellers during the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project. The changes are… read more →

Footway closure on Rochester Esplanade

Pedestrians are advised that part of the riverside footway on Rochester Esplanade is to be temporarily closed. The closure will be implemented on Thursday, 23rd May, running until spring 2020.… read more →

A change of focus around Rochester’s bridges

When you hear the words “Rochester Bridge” what do you think of? An historic crossing? The Old Bridge? The more vague idea of a bridge that gets you over a… read more →

Lane restrictions as Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project begins

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are advised there are to be a series of overnight, temporary, single lane closures to the New Bridge between Rochester and Strood. On Monday, 22nd April,… read more →

Refurbishing the New Bridge

The start of visible works for the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project is imminent, with the programme running in phases, beginning on the New Bridge. Which means now is the perfect… read more →

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the bridges at Rochester and at the end of Rochester Esplanade overnight on Thursday, 11th April, to enable essential… read more →

Safety during the refurbishment

Traffic cones and information signs are a fairly common sight on our roads, including when we’ve carried out work on Rochester’s bridges. For many they are an annoyance, for the… read more →

Maintaining a listed building

We’ve previously mentioned that the Old Bridge is a ‘listed building’ but what does this actually mean? In simple terms a listed building is a building or structure that has… read more →

Trust “recruits” female engineering role model

If you spot an engineer with a doll on one of Rochester’s bridges, they’re not having a play date but are instead taking part in an initiative to inspire primary… read more →

Contract awarded for bridges refurbishment

Three of Rochester’s bridges are set to benefit from a multi-million pound makeover with the start of a major refurbishment programme delivered at no cost to the public. FM Conway… read more →

Catching up with the Arkwright Engineering Scholars

Every two years the Rochester Bridge Trust welcomes a new batch of scholars to its engineering education initiative by inviting them to lunch at the Institution of Civil Engineers. This… read more →

Guinness World Record makes the most of civil engineer’s skills

A voluntary project encouraging social inclusion through a shared goal achieved a Guinness World Record thanks to a display of origami hearts. Led by the Sport Studies Society of Greenwich… read more →

Geotechnical investigations to inform Esplanade plans

We’ve mentioned that preparations for the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment have been going on behind the scenes for some time, but not all of the preparations have been hidden. In autumn… read more →

Interpretations of the Roman Bridge at Rochester

A painting showing how the bridge at Rochester might have looked in Roman times has won an inaugural art contest. The artwork formed part of Rochester and West Kent Art… read more →

Looking to the past, planning for the future

To ensure our plans for the future do credit to the designs of the past, we regularly check photographs and plans from our archives. This is particularly important for our… read more →

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the bridges at Rochester overnight on Thursday, 24th January, to enable essential works to take place. The works are… read more →

Archive research informs modern designs

While our work to refurbish Rochester’s bridges is all about the future, the best way to go about the task is by taking note of the past. This means many… read more →

Artists bring local history to life

Step back in time almost 2,000 years when you visit a new art exhibition which includes visions of Rochester’s Roman bridge. The Winter Exhibition held by Rochester and West Kent… read more →

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