A PUB and a port are bidding to commission a historic bridge in Scotland’s capital as a walkway and seating area.
Forth Ports, together with Teuchters Landing, have submitted plans to Edinburgh City Council for the refurbishment of the Grade A listed Rennie’s Island Swing Bridge in Water of Leith, “with the aim of retaining the landmark and bring the bridge back to the use of the community”.
The proposed Leith Bridge repair and refurbishment program will ensure its structural integrity for the future, preserve its appearance and make it accessible to the community as a footbridge.
It is claimed that the works will also create the possibility of using part of the bridge area as outdoor resting space as part of the Teuchter’s Landing public house in Dock Place. A request for change of use has been submitted to the CEC for this purpose.
The swing bridge, named after the eminent Scottish engineer John Rennie, was built around 1800 as part of the design for Leith Docks.
Together with the nearby Victoria Swing Bridge – the complete renovation of which is already underway – these bridges were a key part of Rennie’s dock design in the 1800s.
Proposed renovations to Rennie’s Isle Bridge include replacement of timber structure, redecoration, installation of bollards, removal of carriage rails and installation of metal detailing, installation of protective mesh and new wood blocks under the existing railing posts.
Charles Hammond, Group Managing Director at Forth Ports, said: “Leith Swing Bridges are historical landmarks in the region and we are pleased to be able to submit plans to preserve Rennie’s Isle Bridge for the future. There is a great opportunity to not only create a usable walkway, but also create an attractive outdoor space at Teuchter’s Landing.
John Tindal, Director of Teuchters (Edinburgh) LTD, said: “We are very pleased to bring the bridge back to its former glory, working closely with Forth Ports, allowing 24 hour access to the bridge which will be a huge relief to the local community and allowing us to use the deck with very attractive and unique additional seating to our outdoor area with waiter service.”
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