A-listed 19th century bridge receives £1.3m renovation

THE A-listed Mauldslie Bridge in South Lanarkshire has been strengthened and preserved following a £1.3 million renovation project.

Owned by Scottish Water, the bridge crosses the River Clyde south of Dalserf and provides access to Mauldslie Waste Water Treatment Works. The statutory corporation said that the 19th century bridge’s structural integrity had diminished over the last few years meaning the work was essential.

MacKenzie Construction carried out the project. The firm replaced all of the bridge’s joints, rough pointed and smooth pointed the structure with a lime mortar, and replaced any damaged original stonework with new sandstone.

Scottish Water said the work, which was carried out on over-hanging scaffolding, was particularly challenging due to some of the stones weighing up to 80 kilos.

Joanna Peebles, communications manager for major projects at Scottish Water, said, “It’s wonderful to see the bridge restored to its former glory! It has been done with great care and consideration, from drafting in the specialist stonemasons from Mackenzie Construction and Go-Wright Ltd to working with m2 (Water) LLP – a joint venture between Mott MacDonald and Stantec – to ensure the right measures were in place to help mitigate any impact and protect the local wildlife throughout the project delivery. And even beyond, what with the 14 purpose-built ‘bat bricks’ at various points along the bridge.

“Once again, we’d like to thank local residents and visitors to the area for their patience and understanding while these works were carried out. We’re certain they’ll agree that it was worth it – it really is quite a sight!”