“To reduce the impact on motorists, the RSME exercise was scheduled to coincide with essential, planned works to the bridge. The traffic management team closed a single lane, allowing the RSME to safely perform the explosives training away from passing traffic while accommodating our workers as they performed crucial structural checks. By working in tandem with the RSME, we were able to minimise overall disruption to motorists.”
Although FM Conway has worked on Rochester’s bridges over the past four years, the team continues to uncover hints to Rochester’s long and colourful history.
“During ground excavation works on the Rochester Esplanade, the team unearthed a hidden shaft tunnelling under the soil.
“Rochester Castle, which dates back to the 1080s, overlooks the river and old pathways and roads used in the medieval or Victorian period are sometimes exposed during maintenance work. The shaft wasn’t marked on any of the area’s maps so working alongside an archaeologist and Arcadis – who provide support for major structural works – we further excavated the shaft to uncover a Victorian arch and a short flight of stairs. To speed up the investigation of the site, Historic England ran a full scan of the area so a 3D digital reconstruction of the chamber could be developed off-site. This allowed our teams to reinstate the footway, minimising disruption to the public.”
“Now, the passageway has been recorded for future works ensuring Rochester’s past will be protected and preserved for centuries to come.”