A major project in the historic Peak District town of Matlock is now approaching completion, providing protection from flooding and preserving an ancient 13th century bridge.
In February, a large section of the flood defence wall in Matlock collapsed, putting the safety of residents, business owners and the many tourists who visit the Derbyshire town at risk.
In June, a project to reinstate the flood protection got underway, which involved making major alterations and safety improvements to Matlock Bridge over the River Derwent.
Also known as Derwent Bridge, the historic Grade II listed scheduled monument is situated in a Conservation Area and parts of the bridge date back to the mid-13th century, with modification in the 15th century.
Asset VRS was selected by Jackson Civil Engineering to install a suitable vehicle restraint system (VRS) on the bridge, as part of the Environment Agency scheme.
As well as protecting pedestrians using the bridge and the bridge itself, the barriers also needed to be aesthetically pleasing and in-keeping with the local character and heritage of Matlock.
Asset VRS’s team of experts assessed the site and the project requirements, and recommended the installation of its galvanised steel Varioguard barriers.
As well as offering maximum protection for the bridge and its users, the Varioguard barriers were painted black to match the surrounding iron street furniture in the area and to fit in with the surroundings of the busy tourist destination.
The barriers are now in place, protecting the medieval bridge parapets and providing a safe walkway for pedestrians, protecting them from traffic using the bridge.
The final stages of the project are likely to be carried out in Spring 2023.
Gareth Baugh, Site Agent from Jackson Civil Engineering Group, said: “The vehicle restraint system was provided by Asset VRS as a long-term solution to protect pedestrians from vehicle traffic once Matlock Bridge was reopened to two-way traffic.
“Due to the nature of the project, the VRS required a bespoke installation. The barrier was painted black to be aesthetically pleasing and to be in-keeping with the area and the scheduled monument.
“During site visits by the contractors, clients, chairperson and local dignitaries, it was commented on how attractive and presentable the VRS appeared visually and that Jacksons and its supply chain are able to deliver this type of product effectively with consideration to the local tourist town of Matlock.”
More information about the project can be found here: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/east-midlands/matlock/#:~:text=Road%20closure%20details,for%20up%20to%2018%20months