The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed Hyder Consulting (UK) Limited to act as its new Bridge Engineer to advise the Trust on maintaining and improving the three bridges the Trust owns across the River Medway at Rochester.
Hyder Consulting will be responsible for asset management, monitoring and inspection, provision of structural and highway engineering advice and design, and supervision of all significant works.
The appointment adds a new name to the long list of illustrious engineers who have held the position of Bridge Engineer, including Sir William Cubitt, Thomas Telford and Henry Yevele, the medieval architect of London Bridge and Westminster Abbey.
Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk, said: “While leading individual civil engineers and architects have been appointed as Bridge Engineers for the majority of the Trust’s 600-year history, this role has been undertaken by a consultancy since the 1950s. We are delighted Hyder Consulting has been selected to take on the many challenges that come hand in hand with such a prestigious role and look forward to working with the company’s staff in the future.”
Hyder Consulting has recently worked on the Westminster Bridge in London and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai and traces its design and engineering roots back more than 150 years to projects such as the London’s Tower Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Humber Bridge.
Contract Director Phil Tindall said: “We are thrilled to have been appointed as Bridge Engineer. Rochester has a wonderful arch bridge and an early box girder bridge, both of which have their own stories to tell. We look forward to working on the three Rochester crossings, continuing our long-standing association with impressive and historical bridges around the globe.”
1. The Rochester Bridge Trust is a charitable trust that exists to maintain the old and new bridges at Rochester and serve the travelling public. It is the only surviving bridge trust still serving its original purpose, and it has served the people of Kent since 1399. The Trust also supports numerous community and education projects across historic Kent and Medway.
2. The Trust’s assets all derive from endowments of land and money in the 14th and 15th centuries and are carefully managed in order to provide an income to fund bridge maintenance and local charitable grants. The Trust receives no external funding and is regulated by the Charity Commission.
For more information:
The Rochester Bridge Trust
Kent ME1 1QE
Tel: 01634 846706
Fax: 01634 840125