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Telford's Top 10

ICE news - Next year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford, one of the greatest and most versatile civil engineers that ever lived. But what was his greatest work? You decide.

Thomas Telford's record as an engineer is unprecedented. His career saw him design and construct not only some of the most iconic structures of his age but much of what is now considered the basis of the nation's infrastructure.

Telford's portfolio includes over 2,400km of roads, over 640km of canals, and numerous masonry, cast iron and suspension bridges. Add to this churches, docks, harbours, water supply systems and ood prevention schemes, plus other consulting across the UK and abroad, and you realise the range and depth of his talent.

And of course his position as the most respected engineer of his time meant that he was invited to become the founding president of the Institution of Civil Engineers ? a role he accepted in 1820 'until a fitter person can be selected'. He was re-elected every year until his death in 1834.

The son of a Dumfrieshire sheep farmer, Telford entered the industry as an apprentice stonemason before leaving Scotland for London to develop his engineering and architecture skills. He quickly rose to become surveyor of public works in Shropshire by the age of 30.

To mark the 250th anniversary of his birth NCE will feature some of his greatest works each week throughout 2007.

We will seek to explain what lay at the heart of his creativity and what drove the man to design such a variety and range of engineering works.

But what were Telford's greatest works?

Overleaf his works are listed to cover his entire portfolio between 1782 and 1836. Your task is to decide what were his greatest achievements or contributions to society.

Which of these projects would you like to know more about? Let us know your Telford top 10 by 8 January 2007, either by emailing telfordtopten@emap. com or by sending a postcard to Telford Top Ten, NCE, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB.

Telford's projects

1782-93 Shrewsbury Gaol 1790-92 Montford Bridge 1790-94 St Mary's Chruch, Bridgnort 1794-96 St Michael's Church, Madeley 1794-05 Ellesmere Canal 1795-96 Buildwas Bridge 1795-96 London Aqueduct 1795-99 Bewdley Bridge 1803-21 Highland roads and bridges 1803-22 Caledonian Canal 1805-06 Tongland Bridge 1806-11 Paisley Canal & Ardrossan Harbour 1806-24 Highland harbours 1807-12 Loch Spynie Canal 1807-10 Weston Canal, Weaver Navigation 1809-33 Gotha Canal, Sweden 1810-15 Aberdeen Harbour II 1815-25 Dundee Harbour 1815-30 Holyhead Road 1816-17 Crinan Canal, repairs 1815-23 Glasgow?Carlisle Road 1818-27 Gloucester?Berkeley Canal 1819-23 Edinburgh Water Supply 1819-26 River Dee (Chester) improvements 1820 Glasgow Old Bridge, widening 1820-21 Loose & Linton Hill improvements 1820-23 Lanarkshire roads 1822-26 Conway Bridge 1822-25 Dublin Docks completion 1823-28 Holyhead Harbour II 1824-26 Mythe Bridge, Tewkesbury 1824-27 Harecastle Tunnel 1825-27 Knypersley Dam 1825-30 Birmingham Canal III 1826-28 Over Bridge, Gloucester 1826-28 Holt Fleet Bridge 1826-29 Eau Brink Cut widening 1810-26 St Katherine's Docks, London 1826-35 Birmingham & Liverpool Canal 1827-30 Chester?Bangor Road 1827-30 Nene Outfall Channel 1827-34 Highland churches 1827-30 Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire 1827-30 Pathhead Road & Lothian Bridge 1829-31 Morpeth Bridge 1829-31 Dean Bridge, Edinburgh 1829-32 Aberdeen Harbour III 1830-34 Dundee Docks 1830-34 North Level Drainage of Fens 1833-36 Broomielaw Bridge, Glasgow Vote for your top 10 at www. nceplus. com

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