Colchester: Sixth Form College bridge spans the centuries

WORK by Gipping Construction on a new building at the Sixth Form College in Colchester has got off to an unusual start – with the installation of a bridge.

The college stands on a designated site or archaeological interest, with the new building being located close to the town’s Roman wall and the approach to the site taking traffic over a Roman bath.

To avoid damaging the bath, Gipping Construction, based at Baylham, near Ipswich, has installed an ex-military sectional bridge, capable of carry tanks – or, in this case, a piling rig.

The new single-storey teaching block, designed a Roff Marsh Architects of Colchester, will feature zinc cladding to match nearby buildings on the site.

Gipping recently completed work on a new office block in Brightlingsea for Dong Energy, also designed by Roff Marsh, which won the Tendring district RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award for commercing buildings.