The importance of Heritage
The area around the proposed Ordsall Chord is rich in history and heritage. We recognise the need to develop a scheme that is sensitive to the surroundings and minimises impact on nearby buildings and structures.
To help achieve this, we've appointed specialist heritage architects BDP to carry out detailed assessments of all local heritage assets.
We have worked closely with English Heritage and local interest groups to finalise the design of the proposed chord and have selected an alignment that minimises the impact on key structures and provides the following benefits:
- Avoids Grade I Listed Stephenson's Bridge
- Aims to provide improved sight lines views of Stephenson's Bridge
- Aims to provide a new layer of history onto this group of railway structures
Museum of Science and Industry
Unfortunately, the introduction of the new chord will sever the rail connection to the Museum of Science and Industry.
The removal of this connection is not something that Network Rail takes lightly, and we have explored many alternative solutions before reaching the conclusion that the connection would need to be removed to make way for the chord.
In our ongoing discussions with the museum we are keen to provide a level of mitigation that recognises the historical importance of the connection.
Additional Heritage Consultation
Further survey work on railway arches that we may have to strengthen as part of the scheme has now been carried out. The drawings that show this work are now available on the application documents page and have been shared with key heritage stakeholders.