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Bridging the Centuries

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The last bridge to be built over one of Oxford’s city centre streets was the iconic Bridge of Sighs completed in 1914. The new bridge over Brewer Street, being built over a surviving section of Oxford’s medieval city wall links old and new, stone and steel, merging traditional and contemporary design. In association with Anthony Walters Architectural Metalwork, TMC water jet cutting manufactured stainless steel beveled handrail supports using a new XD water jet cutting machine.

Anthony was looking for a way to cost effectively and quickly produce the unique stainless steel components. Using the latest XD water jet cutting technology, TMC was able to manufacture in one operation the beveled and profiled parts, resulting in faster and more accurate fabrication of the bridge sections which were then welded together to complete the bridge.

The new bridge to be opened this year links the architecturally beautiful 16th century Pembroke College and will allow students and staff to cross Brewer Street between the old and new parts of the college.