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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 pound to the Lighthouse Club, The Construction Industry Charity, for every positive intervention to occur on the project. This money is then being match-funded by […]

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 maths (STEM) subjects, the research is being carried out by Dr Lizzie Rushton and Dr Heather King, of King’s College London (KCL). It is being […]

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 by FM Conway, on behalf of the Rochester Bridge Trust. They include trial investigations and information gathering to ensure the contractor is as informed as […]

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 team, having previously acted as a professional advisor to the charity. Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) to the Trust, welcomed the new recruit: “The […]

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 even shared the history of lighting on the bridge. So why are we so excited about it? In short, the lighting works are a major […]

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 a story of challenges to be overcome, and it will be shown in Ashford free of charge and with subtitles to reach out to as […]

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, and on the Old Bridge on Saturday, 16th November. Both single lane closures will take place during off-peak hours, from 9pm until 5am. The works […]

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 are the steel girders of the underdeck, and on some of them is the wording “Cargo – Fleet –England”, which marks them as being from […]

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 hours, from 9am until 3pm, on Friday, 18th October. The works are part of the Rochester Bridges Refurbishment Project, and will be carried out by […]

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 may look like a convenient place for us to display our logos, but it’s actually got a much more practical use. Known as ‘encapsulation’ the […]

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 the Esplanade there has been a lot of interest from the public so this Bridge Engineer’s Blog aims to set out more about its history. […]

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 be carried out by the Rochester Bridge Trust’s Term Maintenance Contractor, FM Conway. The traffic management is scheduled to run from approximately 9pm until 5am, […]

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 the Rochester Bridge Trust’s famous bridge-themed adventure golf will be relocating to the ICE for the evening of Friday, 11th October, as part of an […]

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 Project to progress ahead of schedule. The proposed overnight single lane closures on the New Bridge have been pushed back by one week, to the […]

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 Executive) to the Rochester Bridge Trust, and was presented with its highest honour by the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Kent and East Sussex Branch. The […]

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, and are required to adjust the temporary road layout to enable work to begin on the downstream side of the bridge. These will be carried […]

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 of an initiative to give added value to their studies, the Rochester Bridge Trust invited its Spence Agricultural Scholars for a tour of the Trust’s […]

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 has actually only been a provided for a very small percentage of the crossing’s history. A bridge has stood at Rochester since around 43AD, but […]

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 will have noticed areas of scaffolding poking up by the side of the Old Bridge, and sticking out from underneath, so what are we actually […]

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 July, the Rochester Bridge Trust and Rochester Cathedral welcomed more than 100 guests to celebrate the launch of the Bridges Adventure Golf. Provided by the […]

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 engineers were within touching distance of the whole structure to log any maintenance issues – revealed some definite areas of work that could be carried […]

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 running in between them is a much smaller but independent structure: the Service Bridge. You could be forgiven for having missed it because this crossing […]

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 the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. One of five finalists in the Charity Principal of the Year category, Sue Threader said: “It is the third […]

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 closing Strood High Street between Commercial Road/Station Road and Canal Road overnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 26-28th July, between the hours of 8pm and […]

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 interest in engineering, each challenge encourages participants to think about real-world scenarios and the science and technology that goes into them. The Animal Crossing gets […]

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 on the evening of Friday, 19th July, there will be short-term restricted access to an area of Rochester Esplanade while the community Medway Mile event […]

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 of the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project, and are to enable the delivery of materials to support the underdeck works. These will be carried out by […]

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 now has a watertight education area and an improved access road thanks to funding and support from Rochester Bridge Trust and its main contractor on […]

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 a bit. This is because of the results of a 1990s assessment by the then Bridge Engineer, which used the safety standards of the time […]

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 and Junior Warden, to lead the Trust through the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project. A chartered surveyor and a civil engineer respectively, the pair were initially […]

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 adventure golf course. The course has been designed to encourage young people to learn more about the engineering behind bridges. The Revd. Rachel Phillips, Canon […]

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 Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project, and are to enable the removal of the final sections of a redundant sewer pipe. This will be carried out by […]

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 Refurbishment Project, and are to enable the extension of the upstream protection barrier at the Strood end of the crossing. This will be carried out […]

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 area of Esplanade between the bridges and just beyond the entrance to Rochester Castle is owned by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The medieval crossing was […]

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 temporarily, shifting the two traffic lanes closer to the railway bridge. This enables work to be carried out on the upstream side of the New […]

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 Living Land festival, a free day of activities and exhibits organised by Kent County Agricultural Society and supported by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The day […]

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 were visited by Education Officers from the Rochester Bridge Trust, a local landowner, for a day of challenges, games and stories aimed at engaging the […]

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 private, public and voluntary sectors across the whole region. Sue Threader is one of four people shortlisted in the Director of the Year – Third […]

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 Bridge Trust has provided and maintained crossings of the River Medway for more than 600 years – including contributing to the Great Bridge at Tonbridge […]

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 funding comes from the public purse – and has been planned as an additional overhaul to complement the routine maintenance that is carried out on […]

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 of relevance to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Previously advertised overnight single lane closures of the New Bridge will continue until Friday, 3rd May. On Thursday, […]

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. During this period pedestrians will be asked to use the footway on the far side of the road, alongside The Crown public house. Parking provision […]

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 river? Whatever your answer, it’s probably highly unlikely that you think of the New Bridge or the set of three structures owned by the Rochester […]

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, the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project will commence with night-time preparatory work. This will run for two nights, from 8pm to 5am, and will involve the […]

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 works to take place. The works are part of a routine cleaning programme, with a street lighting inspection being carried out at the same time. […]

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 people working on the site – and for many of those annoyed travellers too – they are important safety measures. The Trust’s main objective is […]

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 historical significance. This is often because it displays a particularly good or rare example of architectural style, but it could be for other reasons, such […]

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 is a great opportunity for our education team and engineers to meet the scholars and their parents, as well as catch up with those previously […]

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 and Kent Student’s Union at Medway, volunteers made more than 53,700 paper hearts to break the record. Held in the student hub of the Universities […]

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 2016 – and for some time after – you may remember the investigations on Rochester Esplanade. The work was only scheduled to take a few […]

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 Society’s Winter Exhibition, which brings together the entries for two competitions. Senior Warden to the Rochester Bridge Trust, Russell Cooper, announced the winners of the […]

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 work to upgrade the ornate lighting, which must be in keeping with the style of the Old Bridge. In this photograph you can see that […]

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 part of a routine cleaning programme and to facilitate the safe take down of the Trust’s Christmas lights. This will be carried out by FM […]

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 Art Society brings together the entries for two recent art competitions. Impressions of the Roman Rochester Bridge is a collection of works to illustrate how […]

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