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Bridging loan


The informative article on the Brunel Bridge is silent on plans for preserving this historically significant structure (NCE 18 March).

Westminster City Council (WCC), as client for the project, has arranged for the bridge to be carefully dismantled and stored in lieu of the conventional demolition and disposal previously envisaged.

WCC is therefore seeking funding to recover the considerable additional costs involved, as well as a site and funding for subsequent reerection of this structure.

Options, under consideration in close consultation with English Heritage, include the preferred option of relocating it (in whole or part) as a footbridge over the canal in the Paddington area, but there is no certainty that this can be achieved.

WCC is preparing a brief setting out this option, prior to public consultation with interested parties to assess its practicality and desirability.

Having salvaged this piece of engineering heritage, WCC is keen to ensure a suitable permanent home for the bridge components is found.

Therefore, all potential options will receive careful consideration. Readers with authority to propose a site, assist with funding for the subsequent reconstruction or wanting a copy of the forthcoming brief are invited to contact WCC.

David Ferrett, project director, Paddington Bridge, dferrett@westminster. gov. uk

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