Bristol-based construction company Beard has been appointed by the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust as the main contractor for the replacement toll houses project.
The new toll houses are intended to provide a compact, modern working environment for the bridge attendants with the necessary spaces, amenities and facilities to enable them to operate effectively throughout the year.
The new toll houses will replace the outdated 1950s toll booths on the Clifton side of the bridge and the 1970s addition to the original toll houses on the Leigh Woods side.
However, the original Victorian toll houses on the Leigh Woods approach will be retained and refurbished.
The company will replace the three outdated toll houses with new stone buildings and refurbish the original Victorian toll houses.
The seven-month building programme is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
The first major work will be the demolition of the toll houses, which is due to take place over the weekend of 19-20 January 2019 for which the bridge will be closed to traffic and cyclists from 19 January until 20 January.
Pedestrians will be able to use the bridge and cyclists could dismount and walk across the bridge. A diversion route will be provided, using Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and A369 Rownham Hill.
Work during the construction will be phased around peak commuter periods to minimise traffic disruption.
Temporary traffic control, including occasional lane closures, will be in place while works are being carried out.
Bridge Master Trish Johnson said: “The bridge is a Grade I-listed structure and 153 years old, which requires ongoing work to make sure it can continue to operate effectively and meet modern day needs.
“This is an exciting project that will both improve the setting of the bridge and provide better working conditions for our attendants, who do a fantastic job as curators of the bridge, round the clock and in all weathers.”
Beard will work with the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust and neighbouring councils to minimise impact to bridge users. The plan is to allow pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles to continue to cross the bridge.
Beard regional director Mike Hedges said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this unique refurbishment project on the Clifton Suspension Bridge – one of the nation’s most iconic structures.
“We will be working closely with the Trust, local authorities and the community to minimise disruption to bridge users during the project. We are now looking forward to starting work on site in early January.”
Image: Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England. Photo: Courtesy of Gothick / Wikimedia Commons.