City of London Corporation appoints contractor for multi-million-pound refurbishment of Blackfriars Bridge

The City of London Corporation has appointed FM Conway, in partnership with Taziker and Alltask, for the multi-million-pound repaint and refurbishment of Blackfriars Bridge.

Blackfriars Bridge is owned by Bridge House Estates and is one of five bridges managed by the City of London Corporation.

The current iron and steel structure was originally built in 1869 and widened in 1909. It carries vehicles and cyclists via the A201 and pedestrians over the River Thames.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Bridge House Estates Board, Giles Shilson, said:

“Blackfriars Bridge was last painted in 2000 and is starting to show signs of wear, including some ageing parapets and rust staining.

“The repaint and refurbishment of this important bridge will greatly improve its aesthetics and will also protect the fabric of the structure to increase its longevity.

“We welcome today’s appointment of contractors FM Conway and their partners and we will work closely with them to ensure Blackfriars Bridge continues to serve Londoners for many years to come.”

Matthew Smith, FM Conway Structures Director, said:

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the City of London Corporation to preserve the heritage of this iconic structure. The award reflects FM Conway’s expertise in the refurbishment of heritage listed structures and our proven experience working over the River Thames.

“We have developed a strong team with recent experience of Blackfriars Bridge and well-established stakeholder relationships.

“We are looking forward to getting started and introducing a range of innovations to support the City of London Corporation’s environmental and social value commitments over the next three years.”

Steve Corcoran, CEO at Taziker, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting FM Conway in the delivery of the prestigious Blackfriars Bridge refurbishment for the City of London Corporation. Our relationship with FM Conway is a trusted one and provides a perfect blend of capabilities in construction and engineering.

“Throughout the duration of the project, we are committed to working closely with both FM Conway and the City of London Corporation to develop mutually beneficial relationships with collaboration at all stages.”

Clark Coffield, Contracts Director at Alltask, said:

“Alltask is absolutely delighted to be appointed by FM Conway as their principal scaffold contractor for the upcoming refurbishment of Blackfriars Bridge. We look forward to starting work with them on yet another exciting and iconic bridge project.”

The refurbishment programme is expected to start in late summer, and be completed by 2024.


Notes to Editors:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

FM Conway is a leading infrastructure services company delivering vital services in transportation, the built environment and open spaces for communities and businesses. Please visit www.fmconway.co.uk

Taziker is a specialist, multi-disciplinary engineering contractor engaged in undertaking key maintenance, refurbishment and replacement works to critical UK infrastructure. www.taziker.com

Alltask is a Scaffolding, Insulation and Asbestos Management Specialist working with Main Contractors on Europe’s largest civil and infrastructure projects. Our innovative systematic approach, collaborative methodology, over 25 years experience combined with a new fleet, new facilities, and in-house design, make us the first choice for many of the UK’s Tier 1 contractors. www.alltask.co.uk