Eric Wright Civil Engineering has won the £5M contract to build the new Pooley Bridge in Cumbria after the original structure was destroyed by storms.
It comes almost a year after the firm won the design contract. Construction is scheduled to start in May and be finished around a year.
Client Cumbria County Council has been working to rebuild the key bridge after the original was washed away by storms Desmond and Eva in 2015. A £300,000 temporary bridge is currently being used, and the new design has been engineered to withstand storms.
Cumbria County Council cabinet member for highways and transport Keith Little said: “This bridge is a very important project to the council and I am delighted that we are now at a stage of awarding the contract. The design is outstanding and I am looking forward to the day when we officially open it and allow this community to truly get back to their day to day business. All work to date including the design and the timescale has taken account of local feedback and we have specifically avoided disruption in their peak tourism season.”
Eric Wright Civil Engineering managing director Diane Bourne added: “We’ve been working closely with Cumbria County Council on the design for the new bridge for the last 12 months and we are delighted to also be appointed for the construction phase. Our team has a great deal of experience in bridge design and construction and we will ensure that the new Pooley Bridge, not only provides resilience against extreme bad weather in the future, but that it continues to connect the community for generations to come.”
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