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Some Engineering Aspects of Canary Wharf

In Britain the beginning of the 19th century heralded some remarkable achievements in the field of engineering. Among these, and perhaps one of the greatest, was the construction of the docks within London. The docks were spread over an area of 8 1/2 square miles, contained on land immediately to the east of the City along a length of the River Thames. At their peak, some 50 000 vessels used the docks each year; nearly a 1/4 million people annually arrived and departed, together with some 60Mt of cargo. It is a tribute to the original designers that the docks remained in use for 150 years before they became outmoded. However, with the cessation of use in the late 1960s, dereliction rendered some areas inoperable, while decay and vandalism caused many buildings to become dangerous and unsuitable for future use. I. Mudd and J. Brazier