New Museum to honour a great engineer completed

A unique new museum built to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest engineers of all time has opened in Bristol.

Clarkebond were delighted to be selected to provide structural engineering services on the £7.2m Being Brunel Museum project back in 2016 and have been involved in the development of the project until its recent completion.

The new museum, which sits alongside the SS Great Britain on Bristol’s harbourside, comprises a steel-frame exhibition hall containing multiple gallery spaces, a mezzanine level and a café.  The structure has been designed in the style of the Great Exhibition, with exposed curved trusses and exposed intricate column connections.  There were particular engineering challenges associated with the proximity of the building to the harbour wall.  Piled foundations were installed with the ground floor cantilevering over the piles towards the harbour wall.

James Edmonds, Principal Engineer with Clarkebond who worked on the project, commented “It was an honour to be working on such an iconic project and we are all delighted with the result.’

Engineers:  Clarkebond
Architects:  Alec French
Contractors:  Beard Construction
M&E Engineer: Max Fordham