2009 - 2016
Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
Repairs to the stone towers and abutments of the Grade I Listed Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel between 1829-31.
Clifton Suspension Bridge is of great significance locally, nationally and internationally as it is recognised as one of Brunel’s most dramatic engineering achievements during an age of great British industrial innovation. In 2001 Ferguson Mann Architects conducted a stonework report which ascertained that repairs would be needed to minimise the risk of damage or loss of important historic fabric. A 2009 study of the pier of the Leigh abutment and its ironwork involved going back to Brunel’s sketchbooks as part of the research and exposed the need for repairs to the ironwork.
Due to the scale and complexity of the access arrangements the repair works are phased to be carried out over a number of years. The first phase of the work (2010 – 2012) included removal of cement pointing, repointing in lime mortar, calcite removal, mortar repairs and limited stone replacement. The second phase of repairs to the towers (2015 – 2016) included redecorating the cast iron piers and the 2018 work on guidance and safety measures is ongoing.