Whorlton Bridge - current programme
What's happening to Whorlton Bridge.
Because the bridge is a grade II* listed structure and a Scheduled Monument, we will need to work closely with Historic England and the Environment Agency (EA) throughout the process.
We have to carefully test different sections of the bridge before we can establish what work will be needed and the future capacity restrictions of the bridge. This will then allow us to develop a plan of what works are required. Before any works can start and at each stage, approval from the EA, Historic England and Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC) which has to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for approval.
Programme of work
The following is the anticipated programme. This assumes no delays throughout the process and that the scheme progresses as intended:
Develop Investigation and Testing Design contract and appoint a contractor
December 2020 to mid-March 2021 - complete
Complete design of temporary works and Investigation and Testing scope
Mid-March to end of May 2021 - complete
Submit a Scheduled Ancient Monument consent application
May 2021 - complete
Procure a testing contractor to execute the works
June and July 2021 - complete
Scheduled Monument Consent granted
July 2021 - complete
Carry out Investigation and Testing contract
Final report received from contractor in August 2022 - complete
Revisit the assessment following completion of the site works
Completion due in December 2022 - complete
Design the required strengthening and refurbishment works and apply for Scheduled Monument Consent
Preliminary design in progress. Detailed design to start in June 2023 - complete
|Compound construction and procurement||September to November 2023|
Execute repair works
December 2023 to December 2024
Consideration of an alternative crossing has been given however there are significant access issues for construction and the costs involved would be significantly prohibitive. The construction and presence of an alternative crossing over or adjacent to the existing structure would also cause an obstruction to completion of some of the repair works.