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Restoration work on historic bridge moves closer

Detailed investigations are being undertaken on an historic Swansea landmark.


They will lead to the repair and restoration of Landore's 110-year-old Bascule Bridge.

The structure is earmarked by Swansea Council as a key heritage feature of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site's bright future.

The aim is to re-install the restored 70-tonne steel span at its site crossing the River Tawe next year following assessment and restoration work at Afon Engineering, Swansea Vale. It was transported to Afon three months ago.

Investigations are also underway on the bridge's timber trestles that form a rigid frame to support the span, working closely with Welsh historic buildings body Cadw to establish what restoration works are required and how.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "Our in-depth analysis of the span and trestles is crucial to understanding how we repair and restore this wonderful survivor of Swansea's industrial history.

"We're in constant contact with Cadw to ensure that the restoration journey meets their requirements.

"The current investigations are specialist work and we hope to start the repair and restoration work early next year.

"Our work on the Bascule Bridge will complement the work we are doing to develop a world class tourist destination at the copperworks; this has attracted National Lottery Heritage Funding of £3.75m to restore the Powerhouse for future use as a Penderyn Distillery visitor attraction."

Hannah Blythyn, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, said:

"This is a fantastic project to breathe new life into an iconic local landmark."

A unique feature of Swansea's industrial heritage, the Bascule Bridge was pivotal to the area's time as the world copper capital. Its hinged steel structure would lift to allow the passage of river traffic.

The initial main work on the steel elements is being part funded by Welsh Government Targeted Regeneration and Investment funding support together with a funding contribution from the council.

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