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Viaduct verbal


Nearly fifty years ago I was a bridge engineer working for a county council, and we were commissioned, together with an architect, to design a local bridge.

Without any prior consultation, the architect chose a bridge type which a short amount of preliminary work in our ofce showed would be extravagant both in construction and maintenance costs. The Ministry of Transport ignored our advice, and appointed another engineer for the design.

I had the same problem with architects throughout my career: they would invariably insist on 'designing' the project without any engineering input.

As I have always believed that structure and form should be as closely related as circumstances permit, I found this quite unacceptable and in the sixties and seventies we produced many bridge designs based on this principle which were acclaimed for their aesthetic qualities as well as their structural efciency and innovative engineering.

Needless to say, no architects were involved!

Bill Young (F), former senior partner, Stirling Maynard and Partners, w. young@cyberware. co. uk

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