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Friday, March 19, 2010

Queens Park Grandest Bridge To Be Lifted Into Place

Picture the new massive steel structure on site on Friday ready for installation on Monday

Another milestone in the multi-million pound restoration of Crewe’s Queens Park takes place next week with the installation of its grandest bridge.

Following this week’s positioning of the Burma Star Bridge, Thursday (March 25) will see the 40-metre Broadwalk bridge hoisted into place over the Coronation Walk dip.

The structure, which is six metres wide, will span the steep incline to improve access between the two halves of the park.

A giant crane will lift the arches in four separate pieces and install them on a huge steel central support.

The bridge beams are constructed of sustainable ekki hardwood, a longer-lasting timber which reduces the pressures of logging on the forests of the world.

Self-preserving and with self-repairing properties, its timbers can only be machined as the wood is too tough to work with hand tools.

The new structure is the latest development in the Heritage Lottery-funded £6.5m restoration of the 45-acre park, which will eventually house five impressive bridges.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “The lifting into place of the Burma Star Bridge was a sight to behold and I am sure the Broadwalk installation will be just as spectacular.

“The new bridge will be a very impressive structure and will be particularly welcomed by people with pushchairs and wheelchair users, who will no longer be forced to negotiate the steep incline.
Below the last bridge on Burma island now fully installed

“The park restoration is really gathering pace now thanks to the hard work of the design team whose members are seeking to complete works ahead of schedule wherever possible.

“Over the coming months, park users will notice more big changes as more areas re-open to the public.”

The next stage in the restoration will be the completion of the lake edges and bed, with the filling of the lake scheduled for summer.

The design and selection of the new playground equipment - in conjunction with Sir William Stanier School - is currently being finalised and will be installed in time for the school summer holidays.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the restoration is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Friends of Queens Park this Wednesday (March 24) at 6pm in the park cafeteria.

Regular updates are available by mail. Please contact Queens Park Manager Elaine Dodd on 01270 537896 to register your details.

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