ICE West Mids Award 2016
Almost 20 years since the National Trust acquired the historic landscape park at Croome, their vision to restore the heritage painstakingly to its former glory, as Capability Brown’s first commission, is almost complete.
The reinstatement of Chinese Bridge, dating back to 1751, forms a fundamantal element at the end of this long restoration project. The bridge is one of the few features that Brown retained in the Park. It is most fitting that in Brown’s 300th anniversary year the Chinese Bridge features once again in the landscape.
This civil engineering project involved the design and construction of this recreated timber bridge across Brown’s ‘Croome River’, modelled on the nearby River Severn. WM Longreach as Principal Contractor, worked with the carpentry company, appointed by the National Trust to manufacture and install the bridge.
Shortlisted for the Heritage Award this project was recognised for the cooperation demonstrated between parties, awareness and sensitivity to the heritage significance of the site, incorporating innovation during construction.