Story Contracting will take over the works of replacing a footbridge in Kendal, as the Cumbria County Council appoints the contractor. The new Gooseholme footbridge will replace the old structure across the River Kent that was damaged beyond repair during Storm Desmond in late 2015.
The £2m replacement footbridge will be wider than the old one, at 3.5 metres, to provide shared access for cyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users. Story Contracting is set to start preparatory works and it is anticipated the construction of the bridge will be completed by early next year.
The new bridge has been designed to improve the flood resilience of the structure by taking away the old piers. It also allows raising the deck above the river flood level as part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing flood risk management scheme for Kendal.
The county council is delivering the £2m bridge project, supported by funding from the South Lakeland District Council, Environment Agency, and Sustrans, the organisation that promotes cycle networks.