Up close & personal: The Ironbridge
The next phase of English Heritage’s Iron Bridge Conservation project has begun, with the viewing platform now open to the public. Approximately 300 people came to view the iconic structure as never before on the opening day on Thursday 29th March to see the Conservation work in action and learn about English Heritage’s major Conservation project on the Iron Bridge.
Hard Hat tours have also been confirmed and dates announced which will offer the chance to join the contractor and gain a unique insight into the work being undertaken to repair and protect the Iron Bridge for the future.
The viewing gallery will provide an opportunity to view the iron bridge’s iconic structure. Access to the platform will be free and hard hat tours will look to begin in April, which will be led by the engineers who are completing the renovations. Booking is essential.
The walkway is open daily from 29 March until the end of August, 10am – 4pm. Entry is free, though donations are welcomed.
English Heritage have also been engaging with volunteers to welcome visitors to the Bridge and there is still an opportunity to get involved from the end of this month through till September.
Cllr Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “It is fantastic to see this project become a reality having seen it evolve from conception to its delivery on site.
I would like to thank English Heritage for all their work in delivery this fantastic project which will hopefully attract people from across the world to experience this fascinating Conservation project in action. The project provides a golden opportunity to view the intricacies of the bridge’s pioneering single-span cast-iron structure that presented a turning point in British design and cemented the Gorge’s position as an industrial powerhouse.
“Having visited the viewing walkway I was extremely impressed by the exhibition and it is testament to the hard work by English Heritage, Taziker and local volunteers. Many local volunteers have got involved in the project and have a wealth of knowledge about the bridge and our history to make the experience even more unique.
This will provide a vital boost to our visitor economy the Ironbridge Gorge during the project and we look forward to seeing many people experience our iconic Iron Bridge as never before, whilst also enjoying all the Ironbridge Gorge has to offer”.
Pics: Cllr Nicola Lowery