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Wolvercote Lift Bridge 233, Southern Oxford Canal

Greenford have been appointed by the Canal and River Trust to carry out works on Oxford Canal Bridge 233.

Originally built by renowned engineer James Brindley and his successor Samuel Simcock in the 18th Century, Bridge 233 is a Grade II listed black and white timber lift bridge that has grown to become a characteristic feature of the Southern Oxford Canal.

Due to the historical significance of the bridge, the works will fulfil the requirements of Historic England’s Grade II listed building standards and will be completed with great respect for the canal and towpath users, as well as the local ecology.

This counter-weighted lift bridge has fallen into disrepair after years of being a well-used part of this celebrated canal. Greenford have been employed by the Canal and River Trust to carry out the works as a continuation of the Trust’s scheme to re-generate the lift bridges of the Oxford Canal.

Greenford have installed temporary removable dams on either side of the bridge in order to dewater the section of canal water and allow access to the lower levels of the structure - These temporary works are a non-invasive method of holding back water, with minimal impact on the environment.

The project has involved a Fish Rescue, carrying out the live capture and movement of fish out of the area and to a safe environment.

Greenford will repair the bridge abutments and failed approach walls which have been worn away over time and by the continuous passage of boat traffic.

A sub-water-level duct will be installed and used in the future for the provision of hydraulics to allow the bridge to be raised with ease, allowing more efficient lifting and lowering of the bridge.

Upon completion of the project, the bridge will be restored to its former glory with minimal impact on the environment and ecology of the Historical Canal.

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