VIDEO: Weston Favell Shopping Centre footbridge leaves Northampton for repair work

Workers have removed a 1975 footbridge which crossed into Weston Favell Shopping Centre - but it will return anew in June.
Workers have removed a 1975 footbridge which crossed into Weston Favell Shopping Centre - but it will return anew in June.

A time-lapse video has revealed just how construction experts ‘temporarily’ removed a 1975 Northampton footbridge so it could be repaired in the West Midlands.

The bridge link between Weston Favell Shopping Centre and the Standens Barn residential area was removed by Midlands-based Makers Construction last week so it can undergo ‘major refurbishment work’.

The 20-tonne structure is being repaired and repainted as part of a £4 million renovation of Weston Favell Shopping Centre.

The video released by Makers Construction, which condenses the three-hour operation into a matter of minutes, shows the 28-metre high bridge being loaded on to a specially equipped long-load vehicle using a 70 tonne crane.

Graeme Middleton, business development manager at Makers, said: “The original plan was to refurbish the footbridge in-situ, however given a series of both practical and safety concerns, it had been decided to remove the footbridge in its entirety and carry out the refurbishments ‘off-site’ in a closed workshop environment.”

The steel footbridge had received minimal maintenance over the years but, following recent surveys, was identified as being ‘structurally deficient’.

The footbridge will be completely refurbished in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, before being transported back to the site and re-positioned in June 2015.