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Leith's A-listed Victoria Swing Bridge to be restored to former glory

September 6 2021

Leith's A-listed Victoria Swing Bridge to be restored to former glory

Forth Ports is to invest a six-figure sum in repairing and refurbishing the A-listed Victoria Swing Bridge in Port of Leith to serve as an outdoor community space.

Heritage specialists LDN Architects have been commissioned for the job which will see the counterweighted swing bridge redecked and repainted while retaining its distinctive wrought iron character.

Work to refurbish walkways and replace a decked turning circle will also take place in a phased programme of works, subject to approval from the City of Edinburgh Council.

Designed by Alexander Rendel in 1874 the bridge originally carried both trains and vehicles along its central deck with pedestrian walkways situated to either side.

Charles Hammond, group chief executive at Forth Ports, commented: “The Victoria Swing Bridge is a well kent sight in Leith and it is an important and rare surviving example of our heritage. The plans we have submitted to the Council have been well thought through and will ensure that the repairs are appropriate for the conservation of this important landmark.

“We want to also create a useable space for the local community and we hope that once the bridge has been restored, people will be able to enjoy this historic space.”

Work to repair north and south pedestrian walkways should get underway this year with the bridge remaining open throughout.

1 Comment

Kevan Shaw
#1 Posted by Kevan Shaw on 10 Sep 2021 at 11:34 AM
Really restoration to its former glory requires the swing bridge mechanism to be restored. Imagine if it could be opened to create a concert stage!

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