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Civil engineers have design ideas too

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Paul Hyett may feel that civil engineers no longer have a soul since the departure of the great ikb - but I don't believe he's right: it's just that we sometimes get very little credit for our input.

Witness the new footbridge proposed to cross the Tyne. Whose idea was the opposed arches? But of course the architect gets the credit.

Witness too the new crossing of the River Dee in North Wales. Designed by our practice, I'm inordinately pleased with the result - despite it being a 'miserable concrete structure'.

Your own editorial was nearer the mark - particularly in its ultimate sentiment. I am convinced that true collaboration between architect and engineer can produce something of real worth.



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