Beginning with the Forth Rail Bridge in 1890, Alan Hayward traces the development of bridge types, construction methods, steel strengths and design practices, describing the rebirth of steel bridges from personal experience.
Alan Hayward FIStructE was apprenticed as a student engineer on British Railways. Following experience with Dorman Long and Cleveland Bridge, he joined Mott Hay & Anderson designing bridges of all types.
In 1979 he became Chief Engineer with Fairfield Mabey, constructing a series of successful alternative steel bridges.
He then co-founded Cass Hayward Consulting Engineers to design and prepare erection schemes for bridges and Ro/Ro facilities. Eight of his designs have won national awards. Alan has been involved with code drafting, including BS 5400 and the Eurocodes.