Monday, 8 December 2014

Shoreland Preserving North East Heritage

Shoreland Rope Access Technicians on Alston Arches

Shoreland Access has begun a two part project on the North East historical landmarks of Alston Arches and Lambley Viaduct.

Working on behalf of Blackett-Ord Conservation Engineering, Shoreland won the contract to mobilise a four-man Rope Access team to carry out some essential maintenance and restoration work on both bridges.

Work got under way last week on the 19th Century viaduct in Alston. Built in 1851, the viaduct provided a vital artery for the transportation of lead, coal and other minerals that were mined in the area.

The railway line, which crosses the South of the Tyne, diminished in importance with the decline of first lead mining and then coal. In fact the last time the bridge saw a train pass over the famous arches was back in 1976.

Alston Arches, as it is commonly known, still remains an important landmark in the local community even without its use as a railway artery. The structure is a listed landmark and is now used for leisure purposes since a footpath was installed in 2006.

For this reason, Shoreland has been tasked with maintaining the structures aesthetic appeal. The Rope Access Technician’s main task will be to remove all vegetation from the stonework and to prevent future re-growth.  Painting of handrails and removal of trees will also be undertaken to ensure the breathtaking scenery and integrity of the structure remains intact.

Work on Alston’s sister bridge, Lambley Viaduct is due to commence shortly and we shall keep you updated on the progress of that project.

Shoreland  has worked on many different types of projects all over the country, but few offer more satisfaction then contributing to the preservation of North East heritage.

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