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Design dilemma

Of course engineers should lead on bridge designs and I understand why the iconic images of the highly popular and successful Trinity Bridge are used to illustrate this point.

However the bridge cost £1.2M and was fully designed and detailed by a team of German and Swiss engineers pushing the boundaries in the Zurich office of Santiago Calatrava, who is, as you mentioned, also a qualified engineer.

This debate should also consider how far engineers are able or willing to depart from standards. If you want to own a Ferrari you cannot expect the same maintenance costs as for a Ford Focus.

MAX GRIFFITHS (M) 85 Greenbarn Way, Blackrod

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