The transporter bridge isn't as important architecturally or historically as the dorman long tower. It's got little to do with personal feelings or whose grandad did or didn't work on it. I know your breaking your neck to make me out as a romantic fool.. but it simply isn't the case.Well if it was in a dangerous state of repair and economically prohibitive to maintain they probably would. I have no problem in having the transporter demolished for the same reason.But that’s easy for me to say because my grandad never worked on it.
Lets have a look shall we.1st and 2nd drafts are quite often just text, or no images, or a split document, rather than the full collated document, as putting it all together can be a nightmare, especially when there are a couple of daft errors to correct, which there always are.
They had to do this as a bare minimum due to the huge amount of interest in the building.They probably didn't even have to go down the full feasibility route, they possibly could have just torn it down and said that's that. Seems to me they genuinely wanted to see if it could be saved, and at the very least they asked a question.
The report covered most bases and was priced on a worst case scenario.I'm amazed the initial repair bill was only 4.7m to be honest, it just seems like such a low figure for what it would entail.
It certainly is.Then 325k a year is a drop in the ocean on such a large structure.
You can apply that to anything, it's not a justified reason for pulling down the heritage asset.Another thing to consider is that having the local authority/ council manage that repair would have also been an absolute cluster ****, they would have had their pants pulled down by every contractor going, and no way would they have got fixed-price contracts, which means a pretend price and then a jacked-up cost later down the line.
Absolutely Zero chance? How many bridges are there around the world that have concrete supports much older than DLT that carry much grater loads?There was absolutely zero chance that could have stood another 30 years safely, you can see that from the external images, never mind that from inside, which could not be seen. Once corrosion starts it doesn't stop, and it's impossible to deny it's happening or know the full extent of it. -
Prevent Corrosion with Concrete Repair
Correcting and Preventing Concrete Corrosion
There are many ways to deal with concrete corrosion in concrete structures and those applicable to the DLT were priced for in the Atkins report in the form of Repair and Maintenance cycles.
It could have been transformed into something good but had little architectural interest and in no way was as important as the dorman long tower. The choice to demolish was was probably correct in this instance.