Major repairs needed for historic city bridge

Hull City Council has appointed Esh Construction Ltd and Mason Clark Associates, to progress the design, repair, and strengthening of Drypool Bridge.

Following a routine inspection in April, it was discovered several of the load-bearing columns under the bridge had significantly deteriorated.

As a result, the historic structure on Clarence Street will undergo repairs to ensure its safety and longevity.

In preparation for the physical works on site, Esh Construction and Mason Clark Associates have been appointed to lead on the preparatory phase.

Their teams will undertake detailed investigations of the bridge’s condition and prepare the schedule for the main repair and strengthening project.

Alongside these works, Mason Clark Associates will also oversee the design phase, ensuring the bridge’s historic character is preserved while meeting modern safety standards.

Garry Taylor, assistant director of major projects, culture, and place at the council, said: “The appointment of the principal contractors is a significant milestone in the repair of Drypool Bridge, and it will be great to see work progress in the coming months.

“The bridge has been a part of Hull’s history for generations, and its repair is not only about improving its structural integrity but also about maintaining a safe and reliable transport link for residents, commuters, and visitors.

“We hope this early contractor involvement will ensure the bridges longevity, and that the structure continues to be accessible for many generations to come.”

The early contractor involvement phase, with both Esh Construction and Mason Clark Associates, will determine the start date for physical works on site.

The bridge can currently still operate safely and will continue to be open to traffic until major repairs begin.