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Messina maestro

I read with great interest your article 'Messina Bridge is Back on Blocks' (NCE 1 May).

Unfortunately the article left out the involvement of a most famous UK consultant in large suspension bridges, the late Dr William Brown, assisted by Dr Stafford Craig, of Brown Beech & Associates.

The firm was the lead designer for the Messina Bridge, and was involved in the design since 1985. In addition to new concept designs, the firm introduced developments to improve greatly the efficiency of cable spinning and deck erection.

Pell Frischmann has worked with Brown Beech on a number of bridges, and number of years ago it was agreed that the two firms would combine their bridges and motorway capabilities. The company is now renamed as Pell Frischmann Brown Beech Consulting Engineers.

Dr Wilem Frischmann, chairman, Pell Frischmann, 5 Manchester Square, London, WIA 1AU

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