Pupils learn from Clitheroe bridge repair project

The repaired and strengthened Pimlico Bridge, at Clitheroe
The repaired and strengthened Pimlico Bridge, at Clitheroe

ESSENTIAL repairs to a Clitheroe railway bridge led to some exciting project work and prizes for children at a nearby school

Construction specialists J. Murphy & Sons Ltd (Murphy) worked closely with residents to ensure minimal disruption during their repair project at Pimlico Bridge – an approach which also resulted in a creativity competition with the local school.

Artwork by children at Pendle Primary Scholl relating to the repair of nearby Pimllico Bridge

Artwork by children at Pendle Primary Scholl relating to the repair of nearby Pimllico Bridge

Pimlico Bridge, on the edge of Clitheroe, needed restoring to improve safety and usability, but it was inevitable work would mean disruption and diversions for residents. Murphy was keen to ensure those living in the area were kept well informed and operations manager Brendan McNeill headed up a community relations programme, organising a range of communication tactics throughout the construction phase.

A close neighbour was Pendle Primary School, situated adjacent to the bridge. Its temporary removal and the resulting closure of Pimlico Road meant some children had their journeys significantly lengthened as they had to walk to school.

Brendan decided to visit the school regularly and work with teachers to develop a competition for pupils to creatively present their thoughts on the bridge works. Pre-construction manager Ray Rawstron scored the work – a mixture of poems, interviews with residents, models and fact-finding reports – to select a winner.

Three pupils from the school were rewarded with cameras, while all the children received Murphy caps and goodie bags as a “thank you” for their hard work. Murphy also donated a computer to the school and provided additional assistance by repairing a dilapidated fence-line.

Brendan McNeill commented: “The work produced by the pupils was very impressive and showed a high level of understanding of the bridge construction project.

“It was great to have the opportunity to work with local residents, in particular the children, and show them that we do care about their local area.”