The Architecture of British Bridges (Crowood)

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At the time of the Industrial Revolution, Britain was at the forefront of bridge innovation. The coming of the railways gave rise to a new requirement for strong, robust structures, capable of handling much greater weights than ever before.

Pioneering designers such as George and Robert Stephenson, Thomas Telford and Isambard Kingdom Brunel were instrumental in creating a rich bridge heritage in Britain that featured many world firsts and ground-breaking designs. Many of the new structures were designed with aesthetics in mind, not just the practicality of their purpose.

The railway pioneers’ attention to detail was later embraced in the construction of many non-railway bridges and the traditions of visual attraction combined with functionality can be seen in many of today’s bridges, old or modern.

The Architecture of British Bridges contains a comprehensive overview of how the best of British bridges marry aesthetic considerations with engineering ingenuity. It is written by experienced bridge architect, Ronald Yee, and looks at all manner of bridges, not just those connected with the railway.

Topics addressed include:

  • An introduction to bridge aesthetics
  • An outline of British bridge development
  • Advice on parapet treatment and bridge lighting
  • A glossary of bridge terms

The book is expected to be of particular interest to experienced architects, bridge enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in civil engineering aesthetics. 224 pages. Hardback.

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