19 June 2012
Victoria Bridge, Bath, to be re-built as a replica
The BBC report that £2.4m of funding has been agreed to repair Victoria Bridge in Bath, which I believe is the earliest of James Dredge's unusual suspension bridges to still be standing (picture copyright Pierre Terre). The bridge, which is Listed Grade II* due to its historic importance, was temporarily closed in 2010 following the discovery of cracks in some of the main metal members.
Works are expected to take place over 12 months starting in April 2013. Bath's report on the choice of refurbishment option makes interesting reading - the preferred solution is to take down most of the original wrought iron and replace it with a steel replica. While this isn't great in terms of retention of historic fabric, it is probably a sensible conclusion.