FM Conway takes responsibility ] for the upkeep of the Grade II listed Rochester Old Bridge, the 1970s New Bridge and the Service Bridge, as well as associated assets owned by Rochester Bridge Trust.
FM Conway starts work today (18th May 2015) for five years, with a possible five-year extension.
The works covered by the contract principally comprise: highway, footway and structure cleaning; drainage maintenance; minor repairs; and street lighting maintenance. Additional duties such as foreshore debris removal will be instructed on an ad-hoc basis.
The contract is based on the NEC3: Term Service Contract and will be managed by the trust’s nominated bridge engineer, Hyder Consulting.
The contractor’s bridges and structures division previously worked for the Rochester Bridge Trust on a project to clean and inspect the river wall below Rochester Esplanade.
FM Conway CEO Michael Conway said: “Our bridges and structures division has successfully delivered a string of major projects across the southeast, including the renovation of Putney Bridge last year and the recent reconstruction of the Hogarth Flyover. This is a true area of specialism for our business, and we are extremely pleased to be able to bring this expertise to bear for the Rochester Bridge Trust and its portfolio of iconic bridges.”
Rochester Bridge Trust chief executive Sue Threader said: “The trust is committed to maintaining its bridges to the very highest specifications both in terms of their structure and their appearance. FM Conway is one of the UK’s leading independent construction companies, which has won multiple awards for its work. The trust looks forward to working with the company to meet our exacting standards.”