NuGen Properties

Tyne Bridge contractor told not to shine light at the river


The Tyne Bridge

Esh Construction has already had to wait until the end of the kittiwake nesting season before starting work on the bridge, and now it has been ordered to take special measures to protect fish.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has imposed several conditions in its award of a marine licence for the planned refurbishment of the Tyne Bridge.

With the River Tyne being tidal for its last 14 miles, fish migration – including Atlantic salmon – is a concern with the work lasting up to four years.

Main contractor Esh has been ordered not to point any lights directly at the river as the MMO fears that this could cause behaviour change among fish and impact migration required to spawn.

In addition, with restoration including the removal of guano (bird poo) as well as steelwork blasting and repairs – both the scaffold and gantry have to be fully sealed to protect against the release of fuels, oils and chemicals into the river.

The Grade II listed structure was last refurbished and painted in 2001 with a paint system designed to last approximately 20 years.

The current work will include steelwork repairs, full re-painting, concrete repairs, drainage improvements, stonework and masonry repairs, bridge deck waterproofing and resurfacing, parapet protection and bridge joint replacement.

Initial works have now begun, with scaffold erection taking three months; main works begin next year.

Nesting provision for kittiwakes has to be maintained throughout the works to minimise disruption to this protected species. The Tyne Bridge is home to more than 1,000 pairs of kittiwakes, the furthest inland breeding colony of kittiwakes in the world, it is said.

Dubbed kittiwake hotels, nesting ledges will be built onto scaffold towers, which the kittiwakes can use when they return for the breeding season next year.

Got a story? Email [email protected]



Source link


Customer Reviews

Nugen Properties

Customer Reviews

Dan Morten 18/01/22

Google
Easy to work with, Jordan and the team were professional and were easy to communicate with.
Would highly recommend.

Di Hayes 20/08/22

Google
NuGen Properties built an extension to the rear of my property, replacing the old conservatory. I am so pleased I chose this company. From the initial quotation, through the build and after they were professional, polite & well mannered. They kept the site tidy throughout the build and kept me informed of each stage as it happened. The work was finished to a good standard and I have had nothing but compliments on their work. I am already planning for them to come back and do some more work for me in a few months. I would 100% recommend them.

Bradley Eyles 20/06/23

Google
Nugen were fantastic throughout the works they carried out on my property, Jordan provided constant updates and ensure any questions I had were always answered. All works were completed in a timely fashion, on budget and exceptional customer service. Highly recommend!

Sonny Carter-heyward 29/02/22

Google
Brilliant service, renovated my house to make a dream a reality. Thanks guys

sitemanager 22/01/23

Google
Great firm to communicate with fast and good quality work.