The Academy this week marked the completion of the renovation work on its Carlton House Terrace building in London by welcoming the team of Babcock apprentices who built the ‘sinuous bridge’ that forms the entrance, along with some of the many donors who generously supported the project.

The sinuous bridge is inspired by a winding picturesque garden path envisaged, but never built, for the premises by the 19th century architect Decimus Burton. It rises gradually to make up the level difference from the pavement to the entrance, and is framed by a striking planting scheme designed by Andy Sturgeon, Gold Medal winner for the sixth time at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The bridge is constructed in stainless steel plate, fabricated into a triangular hollow section, and clad in stainless steel sheet. Laminated glass balustrades provide guarding at the highest point. The bridge was constructed in Scotland, by engineering apprentices at Babcock International PLC.

Sir John Parker, President of the Academy, says: “The garden, with its sinuous bridge, shows that both art and design are important aspects of engineering. We are most grateful to the young apprentices who made the bridge for us and also our supporters who backed our vision of a national Forum for engineering by their generous donations.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The Forum project has been supported by the Academy’s Fellows and other friends. Major donors include The Kirby Laing Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The ERA Foundation, The Michael Bishop Foundation, HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Lord Browne of Madingley, Rolls-Royce and National Grid.

    The Academy also took the opportunity to acknowledge the huge contribution made by Lord Sainsbury to the Academy and to engineering in the UK over many years by naming one of its principal rooms, The David Sainsbury Room

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. Direct tel +44 (0) 20 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton