last week. It replaces an earlier bridge which was the first toll free bridge crossing of the gorge and was funded by public subscription with the land donated by the land owner. Built by Liverpool Hennebique to an open spanned arch design by LG Moushell it was an early example of the use of reinforced concrete.
The design also had to be sympathetic to the Ironbridge Gorge which is designated a UNESCO Heritage Site and the ultimate result was a counterpoint to the old ironmasters bridges that cross the river.
What I also found fascinating about the bridge was not only had they to stabilise the ground before building could begin but because of the narrow winding roads to the gorge everything had to be brought to the site in sections (unlike those early bridges when the industrial revolution was in full swing and all the foundries were still operating nearby). The tower was delivered in 4 sections and hoisted into position by a 200 tonne crane. The crane itself was so large it also couldn't navigate the roads and was delivered in sections taking 2 days to erect on site.
|Photograph from the Tata Steel site.|
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at J here