Guildford Bridges Restoration

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BRIDGES REOPENING EVENT: From left to right; Councillor David Munro, Chairman, Surrey County Council; Martin Izzard, Director of Operations, Community Clean; Mark Borland, Highway Projects and Contracts Group Manager, Surrey County Council; Councillor Stephen Mansbridge, Leader of Guildford Borough Council; and Sharon Parker, Head of Sales and Marketing, Community Clean

The challenge

Surrey County Council recognised the need to restore both Onslow Bridge and Town Bridge in the centre of Guildford town. Both of the central structures had become extremely tired and worn looking with seven layers of flaky and discoloured paintwork subjected to years of weathering.
This project fell within the existing highways contract in the safe hands of Kier Services. Having a successful long-term relationship with both Surrey County Council and Kier, our proposal for the safe restoration of the two historical bridges was accepted and we were thrilled to receive the instruction for this exciting project.

What did we do

Due to the central location of the busy bridges within Guildford; road, waterway and pedestrian traffic management was key. Our Street Works trained operatives ensured there was minimal disruption throughout the duration of the project. 
All aspects of the bridges required expert attention including: 
• Bridge lattice works 
• Lamps and lamp columns 
• Bridge parapets 
• Fitting of inspection walkway 
• Minor pavement repairs 
• Bollards 
• Soffits 
• Pigeon prevention 
• Crests and plaques 
• Brick cleaning & graffiti removal


We got straight to work using the effective Microstrip system to remove the seven previous layers of paint and rust, stripping back to the original surface. Careful procedures were followed to ensure that no waste fell into the watercourse. 

Our ICATS trained professionals were then able to apply the paint system effectively to ensure a 10 year guarantee. Our resident artist was called in for the finer paint aspects of the job which included the detailed crests and plaques on both bridges.

The outcome

Despite volatile weather conditions and severe flooding, both Onslow and Town bridges were fully refurbished to a high standard, on budget and on time. 
Both Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council were so pleased with the completed transformation they held a reopening ceremony for both bridges. 

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