Esh will begin on 20 May. Credit: Esh

Esh lands Stamford Bridge repair work

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has appointed the firm’s civils division on a £350,000 contract to repair and restore the 18th century bridge near York.

The single-lane bridge on the A166 has suffered damage to parapets over the years owing to a series of vehicle collisions. Work on the bridge, which spans the River Derwent on the route between Driffield and York, is due to start on 20 May with diversions to be announced soon.

Esh’s civils division was awarded the contract through YORHub’s YORcivil2 Framework and is the second of two bridges to be restored on behalf of ERoY, following the completion of works to Bubwith bridge in autumn 2023.

Stamford Bridge is an 80m grade two-listed bridge, built in 1727. Old and damaged stone will be replaced to bring the bridge back into a good condition and additional bollards will be installed to add extra protection.

The River Derwent is designated as a nationally important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The A166 will be closed during the works owing to the need for scaffolding to be used for the bridge’s repairs.

Michael Sherrard, construction manager at Esh Construction, said: “As Stamford Bridge is a single lane bridge, we’ll need to add scaffolding on the road to access the works, which makes a closure essential.

“This is an historic bridge in the area and we will be using lime mortar to keep the style and original look of the bridge, with the materials being sourced from the same place. We want to get the bridge back into a condition where it lasts another 300 years.

“We understand that the road closure will impact local residents and people travelling to the coast during the repairs and our teams have committed to working longer days and at weekends to finalise the work as soon as possible.”

The adjacent footbridge will remain open, while access to a local car park and shops will be maintained throughout the bridge works.

Accidents have rendered the bridge damaged. Credit: Esh

Cllr Paul West, ERoY’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “The council was extremely impressed by the work Esh Construction carried out on the bridge at Bubwith last year, so we’re pleased it will be delivering these repairs to the road bridge at Stamford Bridge.

“The firm understands the importance of this work and the disruption a closure will cause, and it has already committed to working extra hours and weekends in order to complete the scheme as soon as possible.

“When it’s finished, we will be left with a much stronger bridge that is designed to prevent further damage from happening.”

The official signed diversion will be in place for all traffic, especially for larger vehicles, although quicker local routes will be available.

Since securing a place on the YORcivil2 Framework in 2017, Esh has secured multiple projects, including the M181 Northern Junction in Scunthorpe for North Lincolnshire Council, public realm schemes surrounding Bridlington’s Gypsey Race watercourse for East Ridingl, as well as over £15m of active travel projects on Rotherham’s Wellgate and Broom Road, Sheffield Road Cycleways and Maltby Bus Corridor.

In July 2023, Esh was also appointed to YORhub’s YORcivil3 framework, which is designed for local authorities and public sector organisations to procure civil engineering contracts worth up to £10m.

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