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Historic charity recognised for commitment to modern construction

An ancient charity has been recognised for its work in improving the image of the modern construction industry.

The Rochester Bridge Trust, which has owned and maintained bridges at Rochester for more than 600 years, has been accepted as a Client Partner by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Established in 1997, CCS requires those registered with the scheme to raise their standards in considerate construction in relation to the local communities and environment impacted by construction activity and the project’s workforce.

Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) of the Trust, said: “It is our priority to maintain the bridges with as little disruption as possible and to communicate the opportunities that construction offers for a worthwhile and satisfying career, and so becoming a Client Partner with the CCS was a logical next step in demonstrating the Trust’s commitment to best practice.

“The Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project and our routine maintenance works have already been registered with the CCS, by Lead Contractor FM Conway, and now the Trust is a Client Partner, we can build on this relationship for the good of all involved.”

The £10m refurbishment project is being carried out by FM Conway. The major project, which began in April 2019, will see the three bridges owned by the Trust, as well as part of the Esplanade at Rochester, given a complete overhaul to put them in the best possible condition for the future.

Designed to promote best practice and highlight the care and consideration taken by the construction industry, CCS places huge importance on the local community, the environment and the welfare of the workforce – and expects its partners to do the same.

CCS Chief Executive Amanda Long said: “We are delighted that Rochester Bridge Trust has become a Client Partner of the CCS. The Trust joins more than 70 Client Partners which are all committed to improving the standards of their construction projects by working with their contractors and supply chains, their local communities and environment to deliver a considerate construction industry for all.”

For more information about the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project see or visit to find out more about the Considerate Constructors Scheme.