Horkstow Bridge

The overall project was to repair 6 historic bridges across Lincolnshire. The scope of works on this project was to fully refurbish the bridge. The refurbishment entailed a blast and clean of all the stonework to the towers and anchor blocks, full encapsulation of the bridge to blast and repaint the main cables and hangers, replace any of the stonework which needed replacing and to replace the hardwood timber decking and all the crossbeams.

Key Project Details

Client Environment Agency
Duration 12 months
Location Lincolnshire

Project Scope

The refurbishment works came with a range of difficulties such as matching the stonework and cables for colour and cut to existing stonework.

While the works were undertaken Spencer Group discovered the articulation wasn’t working correctly on the top of the towers and the anchor blocks had the chain jammed in them. Because of this, Spencer Group were contracted to take the stonework off the top of the anchor blocks and towers then refurbish the articulation of the bridge so it was free to move again.

The project involved

One of the earliest surviving suspension bridges
Grade 2 listed structure


Due to the excellent end product Spencer Group were awarded the Historic Bridge Award for that respective year.

The other 5 bridges involved in the overall project were Saxby Bridge, Broughton Bridge, Hibblestow Bridge, Cadney Bridge, Snitterby Bridge. All these bridges are also historic bridges where the scope of works Spencer Group were contracted to undertake were similar for each bridge.

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