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Work on Chester's historic Watergate Bridge

Video reveals specialist work needed to restore Chester landmark

Work to restore Chester's historic Watergate Bridge is nearing completion and a video released by all the organisations involved has revealed the specialist work taking place under the scaffolding wrapping.

Underneath the white scaffold tent, where the majority of the works are taking place, there is a hive of activity.

These intensive and specialist works are part of project to improve and maintain the city's historic walls, with a £500,000 investment from the Council."
The video can be viewed here —

The video has been commissioned by all the organisations involved in the major project including Cheshire West and Chester Council; main contractors, Ringway Infrasture Services Ltd; historic structure specialists, Rambolls; specialist stonemasons Grosvenor Construction Ltd, Standard Scaffold and 3D laser scan specialists Russell Geomatics.

It will form part of a longer video which will document the whole project when the works are complete.
The amount of work required to restore the historic Watergate Bridge increased significantly after the bridge parapet was dismantled earlier this year.

Repair techniques used in the last century meant that 85% of the stone had to be replaced due to 'delamination' — where water flakes away outer layers of stonework.
Initially the project estimated that 15% of the stonework on the bridge would need to be replaced.

A 3D laser scan was undertaken to create a millimetre accurate drawings of the original balustrade and been used to both schedule the works and to commission bespoke component parts of the parapet to secure it for future generations.

Work is now also taking place on the approach ramps either side of the bridge; in order to make the best use of the closure that is in place for the bridge works.

The project is on schedule to be completed by the end of this year.

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