- Monday, 27 January 2014 13:42
Work to restore a Matlock Bath landmark to its former glory is all set to begin this spring.
We are ensuring the iconic Jubilee Bridge is made structurally sound for the future while returning it to the way it looked when first opened in 1887 to celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The work was put on hold last year when it became clear that a number of issues - including the cost of complying with Environment Agency site requirements - would have made the bridge unavailable during the District Council's 2013 Matlock Bath Illuminations season.
Following a new tendering process, the £210,000 restoration work is now planned to start in April, with the bridge closed until June. All metalwork will be blast cleaned and defective metal re-plated, and the entire bridge will be re-painted with a 20-year guarantee. Safety tests will also be carried out on the structure.
To make the restoration as authentic as possible, a selective paint "scrape" has taken place to trace the original colour scheme. The investigation has revealed three or four colour have been used down the years, with the current maroon and cream scheme introduced in 1987. The bridge is now set to be returned to its original mid-green colour.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"We set aside money in last year's capital programme after local people, traders and the local media correctly made the point that the bridge was in need of refurbishment.
"There were many good reasons why the work had to be postponed last year, but we're pleased to report that Jubilee Bridge will now get its first facelift since its centenary year over 25 years ago."
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