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Scottish Water carrying out historic bridge upgrade

Scottish Water is carrying out a £1.3 million renovation of the A-listed Mauldslie Bridge in South Lanarkshire.

The bridge crosses the River Clyde south of Dalserf and is owned by the water company.

Stuart Sutherland, Scottish Water’s project manager for this site, explained why this work is so important. He said: “Our 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. The stone repairs and replacement of the carriageway will bring the bridge back up to standard and ensure we continue to operate our wastewater asset effectively and efficiently, in turn protecting the environment. Not only is this work helping to future proof one of our key assets and the services we provide for our customers, it’s also helping to preserve a much-loved local landmark.”

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.

Scottish Water has drafted in a team of up to 12 workers including specialist stonemasons from Mackenzie Construction and Go-Wright Ltd to respectfully restore the bridge to its former glory.

Restoration work on the bridge began in July and is anticipated to take around 12 months for completion.

Author: Alec Peachey,
Tags: Scottish Water , construction , sludge

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