A NEW exhibition, opening in October, will look at the work of one of the civil engineering industry's biggest stars.
The Brunel exhibition at the Design Museum in London is believed to be the first ever fullscale exhibition in the UK on the great man.
It aims to highlight some of the Victorian engineer's most famous work which, unlike that of some of his contemporaries, has stood the test of time.
The Design Museum was the first in the world to be dedicated to the study of design in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Since opening in 1989, it has become one of London's major attractions, welcoming in excess of a million visitors.
Using a series of displays, the museum aims to stimulate public interest in design, architecture and the built environment.
Rather than presenting a biographical appreciation of Brunel, the museum has approached leading contemporary practitioners to assess the merits of his designs, and give both a historic and current view of his works.
Engineer Anthony Hunt will reassess one of Brunel's greatest achievements: the Saltash bridge. John King will focus on the Thames tunnel - actually designed by Brunel's father, Sir Marc Brunel, but on which the young Isambard acted as resident engineer.
And naval architect Nigel Geewill is to look at the SS Great Eastern. Other areas of Brunel's professional life investigated will include the Battle of the Gauges, and his prefabricated hospital which was designed, tested, shipped to Renkioi in Crimea and erected within five months. The exhibition will contain actual plans and scale models of the engineer's works.
The other focus of the exhibition will be a review of Paddington station by Nicholas Grimshaw, architect for its £63M refurbishment.
The exhibition, sponsored by Railtrack, will run from 27 October until the end of February.