FORTH Ports is to proceed with the full repair of the category-A listed Victoria Swing Bridge at the Port of Leith.
It comes after the City of Edinburgh Council granted listed building consent to preserve the crossing and create a useable space for the local community.
The private six-figure investment will see the bridge, which is the largest counterweighted swing bridge in Scotland, fully repaired through a phased programme of specialist works:
- The full refurbishment of the northern and southern walkways
- Re-decking the central carriage way
- Replacement of the decked turning circle areas
- A full repair and repaint of metalwork on the bridge
Forth Ports said that the refurbishment of the north and south pedestrian walkways is expected to start this year (2021), with the remaining works anticipated to be undertaken in 2022.
Charles Hammond, group chief executive at Forth Ports, said, “We are extremely pleased to have been granted consent to begin this programme of major repairs to The Victoria Swing Bridge which is an important landmark in Leith and will make an important contribution to the regeneration of the Waterfront. We want to deliver a useable space for the local community and we hope that once the bridge has been restored, people will be able to enjoy this space.”