Preparatory work started on Tuesday 24 October to refurbish the Holywell Millstream bridge between the University Parks and Mesopotamia.
During this time, there will be an alternative route through Mesopotamia, involving crossing the next bridge upstream and walking down the island between the two branches of the river, as shown on the accompanying aerial view.
The project is being managed by the Estates Services Conservation & Buildings team. The replacement wooden parts for the bridge, meanwhile, were produced by the DLO Joiners, who have made a new footway and handrails for the bridge out of Accoya wood, an innovative material that has been specially treated so that every cell is filled with preservative. This enables sustainable, plantation-grown softwood to match and even exceed the performance of the toughest tropical hardwoods, resisting decay so well that it’s guaranteed for 50 years.