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Issue 26 - Take it to the bridge

Scotland Magazine Issue 26
April 2006


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Take it to the bridge

Original sketches by the iconic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel for a bridge over the River Dee at Balmoral are to go on public display for the first time at Balmoral Castle over the forthcoming summer.

Brunel was commissioned to design the bridge by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, the Royal Family having purchased Balmoral Estate in 1848.

The 150 year-old sketches were drawn prior to the bridge being built between 1856 and 1857.

“This is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the Balmoral bridge as the work of arguably the 19th century’s most famous engineer,” Donald Macpherson Aberdeenshire Council’s principal engineer, bridges, said:.

“The design used the new material wrought iron in an innovative way and provided a very cost effective bridge structure which has stood the test of time, still carrying modern traffic today.”