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Eric Wright wins Cumbria bridge rebuild

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Eric Wright Civil Engineering will design a new bridge to go over the river Eamont in Pooley Bridge.

The North West based firm has been appointed as the contractor for the design of the replacement bridge, after the original was washed away by storms Desmond and Eva in 2015.

Highways England has been working alongside the local council to ensure the A591 is restored since its dramatic collapse.

Cabinet member for Highways and Transport Cllr Keith Little said: “This is welcome news and it’s great to see a regional organisation will be taking a lead on the design of what I hope will be an iconic new bridge. They have a proven track record both here in Cumbria and elsewhere in the country and I’m sure they will do an excellent job.”

Eric Wright Civil Engineering, together with design partner GHD, has committed to a detailed design and engineering solution that is structurally sound enough to withstand the storms endured during 2015.

Managing director of Eric Wright Civil Engineering Diane Bourne added: “We’ve been working closely with Cumbria County Council for a number of years to overcome the damage left following the 2015 floods and the new Pooley Bridge design and construct will provide resilience against extreme bad weather to ensure the infrastructure continues to connect communities, businesses and create opportunities for new development for future generations.

“Our highly experienced site team are working closely with the Council and all those involved to minimise disruption during the demolition and construction, and ensure a smooth delivery.”

The proposal submitted includes a temporary footbridge across the river which would be installed during the construction phase, and before the current temporary road bridge is removed.

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