A group of heritage and historical experts with an interest in the planned refurbishment of Corporation Road Bridge has been formed in advance of works starting in the summer.
As engineers continue the planning of the refurbishment, which will include major structural works and features to bring the bridge to its former glory, the group will influence during key engagement points throughout the project and provide historical insight into key features of the bridge.
Following the first meeting of the group, Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It is key that we have the support of these groups and individuals who can bring their knowledge to the project and ensure, as much as possible, that we can deliver a scheme that will capture the key assets of this Grade 2 listed structure.
“The council and ENGIE are fully aware of the local significance this bridge has and the fondness many residents have for it, and we are passionate about delivering a refurbishment scheme that local people are proud of.
“Aside from the aesthetical elements of the works, this bridge is a key strategic part of the highway network, keeping traffic flowing around the town centre, alongside providing maritime access and a pedestrian crossing point over the dock. With this in mind, the structural elements of this work are equally as vital, bringing the bridge up to a good standard for generations to come.”
Alan Nicholson, Chair of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Civic Society and member of the Special Interest Group, said: “We welcome the chance to be involved in this scheme, especially as Corporation Road Bridge is an iconic structure and known to everyone in the area.
“In the view of our Society, to see it refurbished and in working order would be something to be proud of. Civic Societies across the country, with the support of their members, work for the benefit of the community they represent.”
North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, will be project managing and overseeing the refurbishment, with a contractor set to be appointed in the coming months.
The scheme is funded by £2.967m from the Department for Transport, £1.83m set aside by the council and a further £170,000 from the Local Transport Fund.