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The Swivel Bridge surrounded by water when viewed from the Plimsoll Bridge
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At least we know the drain holes are working and where they are! The Bridge gets a wash in the 1st February 2014 floods

Funding News will be found on the year's Project pages

Donations

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The main donation link is: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/brunelsswivelbridge.

We have also created a project on http://www.neighbourly.com to also help us fund raise for our HLF bid

or you can send a cheque payable to
Avon Industrial Buildings Trust to:
The Treasurer, Thatched Wells, Duckhole, Thornbury, BS35 1LD.

Historic England Heritage at Risk Register 2016

AIBT, the lead charity for BOB was featured on the front cover of this years Register for their work on Brandy Bottom.
Register 2016


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Alf Perry


Alf Perry
Alf died peacefully on Wednesday evening, 2nd November 2016 after a cardiac arrest on Friday. He did not regain consciousness and suffered no distress. The family were all with him.

Alf left an enormous legacy of achievements in the historic harbour and wider afield. However he had not finished this work; and with his usual farsighted vision, he was still working towards improving and enhancing harbour facilities.

He was involved with the restoration of the Brunel Swivel Bridge (known as BOB, Brunel's other bridge), which lies disused under the Plimsoll Bridge. It has proved a difficult project, and a major scheme failed about 8 years ago. So a small group of us has been working to develop a new project, and Alf has been a key player in this.

Alf was a valued member of our Technical Team from an early stage in the project, providing encouragement from his vast knowledge and experience. He provided useful technical information about the historic hardware surviving in the City Docks, and about other bridges in the UK and abroad. Geoff Wallis describes Alf as 'a thoroughly reliable structural engineer of vast experience, particularly in relation to bridges of all types. He made quick and wise decisions if he had sufficient information, and if not he would ask the right questions, judging the validity of answers carefully. He was a gentleman at all times, and had a great sense of humour.'

However it was his experience of recent regeneration and conservation projects that was also invaluable to us. He was a true expert, and shared his wisdom and expertise with modesty and a light touch.

Alf gave valuable advice on how to develop a scheme that would be attractive to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and helped fill in the necessary forms. He and I had just finalised an initial application form to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and when I got their positive response last week, my first thought was to phone Alf to tell him.

He brought valuable experience of fund-raising and provided the names of useful contacts in many local organizations. He was a skilled 'politician' and was using his experience and networks to engage representatives of the city council in the bridge project. We will feel his absence terribly.

Michael Bussell wrote "I'd known him for quite a while, firstly when we both worked at Ove Arup & Partners, and later after he had set up his own consultancy. We shared a practical interest in 19th century engineering: we were in the Arup team that bid for (and did some) work on the SS Great Britain and its dock a while back, while more recently I was a sounding board for his thoughts on the scheme to repair / restore the splendid Victoria Bridge in Bath, and the Bristol Underfall Yard development plan. He also served of course as a Trustee of the Clifton Suspension Bridge - the third trustee I have known, after my Bristol Civil Engineering 'pedagogues' Professor Pugsley and Stuart Cullimore. And I believe he was involved with the Swivel Bridge.

"I heard the news via Arups. I shall miss his creative thinking and our lively discussions.

He was not a member of BIAS, but he contributed much to the understanding and conservation of engineering landmarks in the Bristol region.

Coop Community Fund

21 Sept 2016: The Brunel Swivel Bridge has been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund. It means that we will get a contribution towards restoring the bridge. But we need your help. The more support we get, the more funding we could receive. So if you're a Co-op Member log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us. If you're not a member, please join and support us! https://causes.coop.co.uk/promotional-guide for more details
Every time members choose Co-op branded products and services and use their Co-op Membership card (subject to Membership T&Cs) 1% of what they spend will go to their chosen cause. You can now see the cause profile on the Coop membership website. https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/1505

Publicity 2016

Sept 11th SUN 10am – 4pm
Brunel Swivel Bridge
Doors Open Day

130 visitors came to see conservation work taking place on Brunel’s wrought iron opening bridge and view the test plates that were hot riveted on site. Unfortunately the location was wrongly given on the leaflet so many people told us they had great difficulty in finding it. 25 booked for a guided walk from ss Great Britain at 2pm. We received many positive comments about our work. Donations very encouraging, as was the feedback from visitors.

August 2016:
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Ian displayed his wonderful 9' model of the bridge up at the Model Engineers Show in Thornbury for three days. It raised the profile of the bridge

June 2016: Brunel’s Other Bridge an article written by the Bristol Magazine
23 feb: Bristol Post BOB Mentioned in article about Bristol's Bridges and refers to our website. "Lies disused on Cumberland Basin. It was designed in 1849 by Brunel to carry traffic over the new South Entrance Lock ('Brunel's Lock') in the Cumberland Basin. Brunel himself was closely involved in its design and construction. It was decommissioned in 1968 after the construction of the Plimsoll Bridge, and volunteers are now working to preserve it."
January: Bristol City Council has recently produced "Our Inherited City - Bristol Heritage Framework 2015 - 2018" which proposes establishing a community based heritage forum in Bristol. Report (on Page 42 of this 76 page document the Swivel Bridge is featured as good showcase project of how a local group, Historic England and the Council have worked together)

Publicity 2015


12 September: A good stream of visitors all day and the total head count was 222 (compared to 158 in 2014) and many signed support sheets.
8 September: Doors open day on 12 september. Guided walk from SS Great Britain was oversubscribed, but the volunteers are there all day from 10-4. Bristol Post gave us a plug.
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5 August: Maggie Shapland and Geoff Wallis were winner and runner up in a Brunel photographic competition in the over 14 class (other classes were under 14 and hobbyist). The competition was to celebrate the life of Brunel by photographing one of Brunel’s seven sites in Bristol.

The winning images were displayed at Redgrave Theatre during all showings of ‘The Engineer’s Corset’ and on the Clifton Suspension Bridge website. This was in association with the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The Engineer’s Corset is a new play about one of Bristol’s most famous engineers - Isambard Kingdom Brunel! It plays at the Redgrave Theatre from Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th August.

The Engineer’s Corset is based on a true life event in the Brunel household. When Isambard swallows a coin, after playing a familiar game with his children, his wife Mary waits anxiously as her husband’s life hangs in the balance. Victorian England is revisited while Brunel, on his death-bed, designs a swinging frame to help release the obstinate coin. It is a true story; one that will remind you of Brunel’s genius while also revealing some little known local history. With a cast made up entirely from the local community this is a play for Bristol about Bristol to celebrate Bristol's heritage. Presented by Louise Matthews Productions Ltd, Janet Goddard and Chantry Dance Company.

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The winners standing by their photographs. Warwick Hulme owner of City Sightseeing Bristol on the right
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Geoff standing by his photograph

July 8: There was a Mayoral visit to Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East Neighbourhood Partnership area accompanied by our 4 Councillors, and the chairman. The route included a trip to the swivel bridge. Mary, Mike and Martyn were there to discuss the project with them and funding opportunities. All the issues raised with the Mayor are being collated and an action plan devised to follow up on those issues
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June 4 2015: Maggie talks about the project on Lawrence Hill Radio Show BCfm (Bristol's first community radio Station). http://bcfmradio.com/schedule Thursday 4 june 10am (on the silver sound 1 hour slot). Will be available to listen to for 3 months. For music interludes they had "bridge over troubled water" and another "bridge" tune
May 2015: The Institute of Historic Building Conservation published an article by Geoff Wallis about progress and challenges of the project. The journal featured Working with Metal projects.
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January 2015: B24/7 magazine
Bristol Post 13 January 2015
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Being Brunel. Notes from a Civil Engineer Saving Brunel's Other Bridge
Made in Bristol TV channel 9 December 2015

Exhibition moving to the Create Centre

From 16 February to April, the exhibition can be found in the Create Centre in Smeaton Road BS1 6XN
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Senior Create officer Michelle Scoplin and Create officer Phil Tomlinson checking the display. It may well be able to stay after April.
Mon to Fri 9 – 5

Exhibition

5 January to 15 February 2015

There will be an exhibition about the Swivel Bridge in the foyer of the Central Library, College Green with photos through the ages, drawings, work progress, and giving an opportunity for fund raising for our next stage

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IStructE Tuesday Group Evening Talk on Brunel’s Other Bridge

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Tuesday 28th October 2014
Pugsley Lecture Theatre | Queens Building | University of Bristol
1800 for 1830 - Refreshments and food provided
Poster

Recollections of George Waite I Eng.

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On the 18th of October 2014 at a Brunel's Swing Bridge work day, we were privileged to hear George Waite talk about his memories of rivetting, and boiler making, and point out features of the Bridge rivetting.

Interview on Made in Bristol

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Mary being interviews by Rachel, Mike Taylor in the background prompting

13 October 2014: Rachael Clarke, a video journalist for Made in Bristol TV - the new channel that launched this month wanted to cover our campaign to raise money and ask for help for Brunel's Other Bridge. It is a great opportunity to share the campaign on local television.
She interviewed Mary Stacey as our representative to tell the people of Bristol about it. It was shown at 6pm and 9pm and will also be shown at the weekend at 6pm. They have noted down to do a follow up on our campaign as they think it will be great to see the progress. If we have any extra information or anything that will be happening with the future of the bridge we have agreed to get in touch.
Rachel will repackage it the interview when she gets a chance so we can put it on our website.

Interview on Radio Bristol

10 October 2014: Mary Stacey was interviewed on Radio Bristol by Nigel Dando just before 8am this morning.
BBC news: Brunel's other bridge in Bristol may be repaired as £1m appeal launched

Mary said how important the bridge is, how we want it to be valued as an integral part of the Brunel legacy in Bristol, how neglected it has been, thanks to EH for the current funding, support from BCC, wonderful volunteers, we need £1m!!!
It was broadcast from the Bridge itself, competing with road noise but it was clear and concise. The website showed an immediate increase in hits. Lets hope the benefactor(s) come forward.

Doors Open Day Saturday 13 September 2014

Participating in Bristol Doors Open Day on Saturday 13 September 10-4 for the first time for many years. Bristol Doors Open Day is a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of events and activities – all free for the day. With over 60 venues taking part this year – the event’s 21st birthday – join us for a fantastic celebration of Bristol’s history, architecture and culture.

Contact brunel@brunelsotherbridge.org.uk if you wish to join a Guided walk at 14:00 from SS Great Britain to the Swivel Bridge with Mr Brunel

Swivel Bridge Plans

18 August 2014: Bob Watkins who is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers has produced some wonderful plans and elevations which aid our understanding. These are now on this website.

Planning Application

Application No.14/03711/CPLB
Date Received 23 July 2014
Date Registered 5 August 2014 Granted
Type of Application Cert of Lawfulness - proposed - LBC
Site Address Brunel Swing/Swivel Bridge Merchants Road Hotwells Bristol

Proposal Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development (Listed Building) - proposed works to give greater protection to the structure and prepare for future works to restore the bridge.
Applicant Avon Industrial Building Trust Ltd
Case Officer Guy Bentham-Hill Tel No. 0117 9222345

Thursday 27th February 2014


BIAS talk at Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA.
David Greenfield talked about the new research into the history and heritage, and Geoff Wallis about recent aspects and refurbishment of the Brunel Swivel Bridge.

Saturday 15 February 2014

Used our two 50 ton hydraulic jacks, one bought by BIAS, the other by CHIS to jack up sections of the bridge
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