Pell Frischmann Appointed to Carry Out Bridge Inspections for Exeter City Council
Pell Frischmann is delighted to announce its appointment to carry out Principal Inspections of 23 bridge structures for Exeter City Council.
Collaborating closely with Network Rail and Devon County Council, Pell Frischmann’s Bridge and Civil Engineering Team will be preparing Survey & Record Drawings, undertaking Principal Inspections and Load Capacity Assessments for Exeter’s bridges to accurately assess their current condition. For each bridge, our team will be working with key stakeholders allow residents and the community to function whilst these works are undertaken.
In developing our programme of works we have considered that the peak operational time for the Exeter Ship Canal is April – October, which is also the most popular visiting period for the public. Bridges serving multi-storey car parks, or inspections affecting the access to these car parks, could not be carried out during the school holidays, nor during the Christmas shopping period November – January inclusive. Our preference is to avoid night-time working, unless unavoidable to minimise disruption to the public.
Amongst the bridges are Yaroslavl Bridge which crosses Western Way, an important highway serving the city at all times and Old Exe Bridge, the Medieval Exe Bridge a Grade II Listed Structure and believed to be over 800 years old. The bridge is the oldest surviving bridge of its size in England and the oldest bridge in Britain with a chapel still on it.
Paul Oliver, Pell Frischmann Project Manager, said:
Following the recent success of Salmonpool Bridge on Exeter Ship Canal, we’re delighted to continue to play our part in maintaining the region’s bridges and keep all users safe. In undertaking the inspection and assessment these bridges we will be making sure they continue to be safe for the local communities, whilst mitigating impact on local businesses and schools, is of paramount importance to us. We are all very excited to get started!.
Three bridges have been identified by Exeter City Council as priority requiring their inspection and assessment before April 2022 with the balance completed by March 2023.