King Richard III Interment Bridge Parapet Works, Leicester

About the project

This series of bridge refurbishment works, on behalf of Leicester City Council, took place in anticipation of the reinterment of King Richard III.

Key details

Leicester City Council
Project value

Key aims and challenges

Three bridges along the planned procession route for the reinterment were given a lick of paint in order to help the city look at its best for the internationally significant event in March 2015.

Southgates Underpass and New West Bridge both received repainted parapets.  Also repainted was the historic Old Bow Bridge.

This bridge is said to be the one crossed by Richard III on his way to the Battle of Bosworth, and again as his body was brought back to the city after his death.

The original bridge was demolished in the 1860s and later replaced by the current structure, which was designed as a memorial to Richard.

How did we do?

Danaher & Walsh brought in specialists to carefully repaint the ornate cast iron parapet, which features the white rose of York, the Tudor rose, Richard´s White Boar emblem and Richard´s motto Loyaulte me Lie (Loyalty Binds Me).

This is not the first time Danaher & Walsh has worked on Old Bow Bridge, having carried out a £500k scheme of major renovations in 2009.

This programme of works took place as part of Danaher & Walsh's Maintenance of Highway Structures term contract with Leicester City Council.