During 2015 Atkins Waterman staff, working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council’s Bridge Maintenance Team, undertook a scheme to repair and restore the Grade II Listed Willes Bridge in Leamington Spa.
The three span masonry bridge was commissioned in 1827 to span the river Leam and its design is attributed to architect John Nash, architect to the Prince Regent, who’s work famously includes Brighton Pavilion, Buckingham Palace and Marble Arch.
What the Willes Bridge Repair entailed
The works were predominately to the bridge’s heavily eroded masonry parapets to ensure public safety. Due to the importance of the structure to the town both as an amenity and as part of its heritage, the bridge’s architectural features were also restored as part of the scheme. This involved restoring the bridge’s ornate limestone parapets including their moulded terracotta infill panels, coat of arms and bronze falcons to enhance an important part of the town’s heritage and the local aesthetic.
The project was nominated for West Midlands ICE Heritage Award in 2016.