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Peros Bridge

Customer Name

Bristol City Council

Peros Bridge, Bristol

Project features

  • Painting and prepreparation of pedestrian bridge
  • 62 metre truck mount Skylift
  • Comprehensive planning due to client restrictions and need for waterway to be kept open during works
  • Four day programme


  • Busy city centre location
  • Waterway maintained during works
  • Comprehensive health & safety planning

Contract details

Peros Bridge is one of Bristol’s landmark pedestrian lifting bridges, named after an eighteenth century slave, Pero. The bridge, which was built in 1999, links Millennium Square to Prince Street and is built across part of the arm of the floating harbour. Ian Williams undertook this major repainting project to the bridge using a 62 metre truckmount Skylift

The unusual design of the pedestrian bridge called for a different approach in order to reach all the various surfaces, including the unusually designed horns, which double up as art sculptures and the bridge’s lifting apparatus. The project was very long time in the planning as many options were examined and discounted on the basis of the clients loading restrictions and the need to maintain the waterway during the works. Eventually it was decided that the access would not be made from the bridge at all but instead come from using one of longest cherry pickers in the country positioned on the bank. The access machine was fully extended to span over 34 metres in order to reach all parts of the bridge including the horns.