19 November 2019
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Respect is Key to Bridge the Past and the Present19 November 2019
A-Listed Mauldslie Bridge
We're investing £1.3m renovating our bridge which leads to Mauldslie Waste Water Treatment Works, South Lanarkshire.
A £1.3m renovation of the A-listed Mauldslie Bridge in South Lanarkshire is well under way with great care and consideration being given to the historical significance of the landmark - and the local wildlife.
Scottish Water owns the bridge which provides access to Mauldslie Waste Water Treatment Works. Tankers cross the bridge multiple times each day, transporting sludge waste from Mauldslie Waste Water Treatment Works in the former grounds of Mauldslie Castle to other sites for processing.
Given its age, the structural integrity of the bridge has diminished over the last few years and it’s essential that this improvement work to strengthen the bridge is carried out to help future proof one of our key assets and the services we provide for our customers.
Scottish Water has drafted in a team of up to twelve workers including specialist stonemasons from Mackenzie Construction and Go-Wright Ltd to respectfully restore the bridge to its former glory. Working on over-hanging scaffolding, the team is replacing all of the bridge’s joints, rough pointing and smooth pointing it with a lime mortar and replacing any original stonework that’s been damaged with new sandstone.
Mauldslie Bridge Renovation
Improvement work is well under way
But for the team it’s not just about repairing the bridge. Speaking about the protection measures put in place to help mitigate any impact this work might have on the local wildlife, Christopher McPake, a senior ecologist with m2 (Water) LLP, a joint venture between Mott MacDonald and Stantec, said: “Even before work began on site, nesting bird sites within the bridge were protected to allow the young birds to fledge. Bat surveys were also carried out and two species of bat were found to be roosting within the bridge - soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton’s. Advance works included the exclusion of those bats from the bridge under ecological supervision so that they weren’t harmed, and roost boxes were installed on trees and the bridge to provide alternative roosting opportunities.
"Scottish Water has also taken an innovative approach to incorporate 14 purpose-built ‘bat bricks’ at various points along the bridge. These bricks will ensure the project has had no detrimental impact on local bat populations, as well as preserving the historical character of this listed bridge.”
And there’s even a modern-day ‘Winston’ on the project – an otter appropriately named so by the project team! Surveys which were undertaken confirmed the presence of an otter couch directly adjacent to the bridge and he’s been spotted out swimming on several occasions.
Restoration work on this much-loved local, historic landmark began in July and is anticipated to take around 12 months for completion.
Mauldslie Bridge was built in 1861 to provide access to the now demolished Mauldslie Castle which was visited by royalty and prominent public figures. The castle hosted King George V and Queen Mary in July 1914, some three weeks before the outbreak of the First World War. Sir Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine had family connections to the area – her father was Colonel Sir Henry Hozier, a brother of the first Lord Newlands of Mauldslie Castle - and the Churchills were occasional visitors.