27 October 2011
Capita Symonds has been appointed by Torfaen County Borough Council in south Wales to advise on a project to conserve and secure the historic Aaron Brute’s Bridge.
The appointment covers the design of an appropriate method to undertake to remove the iron bridge from its abutment walls. This is further complicated by the fact that a modern pedestrian bridge was installed on top of it during the early 1980s.
Following its removal, the bridge will be surveyed and conservation work undertaken to restore it. The abutment walls will be re-built and the restored bridge replaced. The aim is that the public will be able to walk over the bridge once it is reinstalled and that it will become an important attraction for visitors to Blaenavon.
The original bridge dates from the period 1820 to 1845 and is constructed from three cast iron arches joined by iron plates on top and tie bars between the arches. It is considered to be one of the earliest examples of this type of bridge still surviving in south Wales.
The bridge was scheduled as an ancient monument in 1994. It has been closed to the public since 2003 due to concerns about potential risk from collapse arising from the river undercutting the abutment walls.