Over the centuries, the post of Bridge Engineer has been held by some real engineering heavyweights: starting with Henry Yevele before engineer was even a profession, and moving on to the likes of Thomas Telford, John Rennie and Sir William Cubitt.
As times have changed the role has evolved to require more than just one person and today the Bridge Engineer is Arcadis, the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Arcadis work with the Trust in the management of Rochester’s bridges, planning and delivery of routine maintenance, and repair and improvement projects in order to provide safe, secure and sustainable passage across the River Medway for the travelling public.
The Arcadis team is overseen by a Lead Structural Engineer, who will soon feature in a series of people profiles on this website. For the purposes of the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project, they also provide a Project Manager, who will be the first point of contact between the Trust and the contractor responsible for the works.
Arcadis also manage the Term Maintenance Contractor, FM Conway, that is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the bridges.