Burghley wins Constructing Excellence Award for Conservation and Regeneration
A project to repair and restore the Grade I listed Lion Bridge at Burghley House has claimed the Conservation and Regeneration Award at the Constructing Excellence East Region Awards 2023.
The Constructing Excellence Awards recognise the remarkable contributions made by companies, professionals and projects in the construction sector. They aim to showcase their expertise, dedication and forward-thinking approaches and inspire and motivate the industry to reach new heights. Award finalists for the Conservation and Regeneration Award had to demonstrate excellent outcomes and high standards in the repair, re-use and revitalisation of heritage sites and buildings.
The restoration work to Lion Bridge was initiated in November 2021 following quinquennial inspections that identified significant risks to the 18th century structure, including water ingress through parapets and the road surface. Specialist Heritage Consultants Purcell were commissioned to lead the conservation and restoration efforts in close consultation with Burghley's Building Services Team. A blend of locally based conservation and restoration companies worked together with the inhouse team of skilled conservation trades people to complete the eight month project.
The restoration work encompassed various aspects, including the removal of the modern tarmac road surface, which was replaced with stone cobbles more in line with the bridge’s heritage. Drainage channels were reintroduced on either side of the carriageway, and the parapet stonework was repointed. The archways underwent gentle cleaning to eliminate staining, and the metal gates on either side of the bridge were conserved.
Success at the Regional Constructing Excellence Awards qualified the project to represent the East Region at the prestigious National Finals – a very special showcase of excellence in the sector across England and Wales. Whilst the Lion Bridge project missed out on the national title, it provided a platform for national recognition and the opportunity to appear alongside the very best in the industry.
The restoration of the Lion Bridge is a remarkable endeavour that has successfully preserved an 18th century landmark and ensured its longevity for the next 100+ years. An achievement made possible by the specialist knowledge, expert skills and successful collaboration of all those involved in the project including Purcell, Historic Property Restoration, George James and Sons and Thorton Firkin.
It is a great honour to be recognised alongside industry leaders and to see the inspiring accomplishments within the sector at the Constructing Excellence Awards.