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PLANE SAILING: Consultant Gifford has been involved in strengthening a bridge so that two antique aircraft can reach Brooklands Air Museum via a crossing of the River Wey. The Vanguard and VC10 were originally built by Vickers 45 years ago at a factory near the Air Museum site. They had been parked up at the old factory, which is now being redeveloped as part of a car heritage centre. Gifford designed load spreaders to ensure that point loads on the existing river crossing did not overstress its structural members. The strengthening also involved raising the deck height so that the planes' wings could clear a diminutive listed building - the UK's first flight ticket office.

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