Kingsgate Bridge: Work Suspended
Stephanie Offer reports on the mysterious re-opening of Kingsgate Bridge…
Refurbishment of Kingsgate Bridge “has been pulled off… for the moment” due to a dispute over whether or not Listed Building Consent is necessary for the work.
The County Council believed that the nature of the work they were carrying out and the materials being used meant that consent would not be necessary. However, the City Council disagree and work, which had been expected to last up to two weeks, has been suspended while discussions continue.
In addition once the County Council engineers got on site and actually started work they found that some technical details needed modifying.
The County Council had been intending to refurbish the decking and its approaches, repairing and re-laying the concrete slabs which have lain in-situ since the bridge was opened by Durham University 40 years ago.
The bridge was designed by world renowned engineer/designer Ove Arup, best known for his work on landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and London’s Millennium Bridge.
Kingsgate was opened by the University in November 1963. In 1993 it won the Concrete Society’s “Mature Concrete Structure Award”.
A spokesman for the County Council said, “The fact that we have put a hold on the repairs and refurbishment scheme does not in any way mean that the bridge is currently unsafe for pedestrian use.”