Did you know the world’s first cast-iron bridge was built here in the UK? The Iron Bridge in Shropshire opened in 1781 and significantly influenced bridge designs globally.
The bridge’s history suggests it was quite a team effort to design, fund, and construct. As with many engineering projects, communication plays a big part in the overall success. I enjoy speaking about projects and finding out what our clients need. As one project finishes this week, conversations about a new idea are underway. I take pride in our communication skills and am delighted with our client’s value of this in our service. You can read more about what they say about us on our website.
I think lockdown is a tester of communication. We glean a lot from face-to-face meetings, and I hope there will be more happening as things ease. That said, Zoom calls are now the norm, and our technology enables us to work from anywhere and with anyone. Our design programme SolidWorks is highly compatible with our clients’ systems, and we can share detailed information with a click of a button – this week, it was a client in Newcastle, over 300 miles away from the office. With another click here, you can see our drawings in action and how times have changed since 1781 when Pritchard sent this friend a letter sharing his project idea!
This history of the bridge suggests it was constructed of 1700 individual components, all cast individually to fit with discrepancies of a couple of centimeters between identical parts – a far cry from the mm margins we now provide. The Iron Bridge has had several upgrades and restorations over the years. It’s another good reminder of how engineering masterpieces and technological advances enable us to improve and innovate designs.
The Iron Bridge is now on my list of places to visit. The significance of the bridge has earnt recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and I am intrigued to see it in situ. Several other engineering feats are on the list, and any suggestions are welcomed!
In the meantime, we look forward to working with you and playing a key role in your project. Please get in touch to find out more.