Hull City Council has named two British firms as the contractors selected for repair work to the Scherzer rolling bascule bridge at Drypool.

The structure in north east England was closed earlier this year when an inspection revealed significant damage to concrete columns beneath it.

The work will be carried out by Esh Construction Limited and Mason Clark Associates. They will make a detailed investigation of the bridge’s condition and generate a schedule of work for repair and strengthening. The project aims to ensure the structure meets modern safety standards while retaining its character and charm.

Drypool Bridge in Clarence Street Hull, with Sarah Daniels’ 2017 design commemorating the mathematician John Venn. Credit: Hull City Council

According to Hull County Council, the bridge has enough loading capacity that it can operate safely, and it will stay open until the work starts.

There has been a bridge on the site since 1541, but this iteration opened in 1961. It is presently decorated with circles to recognise the mathematician John Venn, who was born in the village of Drypool.