Working with engineers Curtins and contractor Metcalfe’s, Harrison Pitt Architects was part of the team that repaired the historic Brougham Old Bridge, near Penrith.

Harrison Pitt Architects prepared detailed stone schedules for construction and other drawings to assist the planning permission process for the rehabilitation of the bridge.

Brougham Old Bridge had been closed for two years, after being damaged during Storm Desmond. The English Heritage-listed bridge was originally built in 1811 and provides picturesque access to nearby Brougham Castle, but flood damage to the bridge was so extensive it was initially feared it could collapse completely.

However, meticulous engineering and planning ensured the main structure was stabilised. The work included pouring 110 cubic metres of concrete into the main scour hole, and rebuilding all the bridge parapets.

The final phase of repairs included reconstruction of the bridge’s main arch and cutwaters and creation of new, resilient, modern substructure. The repairs used a mix of salvaged material from the original bridge where possible, as well as sandstone from nearby Bowscar Quarry. The stonemasonry was carried out by Cumbrian Stone.

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