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Building Dreamland’s dream: Re-engineering the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster, Chelmsford

  • Lecture
  • Chelmsford
  • 15 May 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Building Dreamland’s dream: Re-engineering the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster, Chelmsford

About this event

In the mid-1990s the timber scenic railway suffered a devastating fire which resulted in the closure of Dreamland amusement park. Originally constructed in the 1930s, the scenic railway was the main attraction drawing in coach parties from all over the Country.

As part of a regeneration scheme funded by Thanet District Council, Dreamland has now been brought up to current standards and is attracting visitors once again. Topbond Plc where appointed the main contractor to undertake the reconstruction of the main attraction, the timber scenic railway.

The presentation will touch on the history of Dreamland, the ride structure, fire, planning restrictions, design analysis, foundations, construction details, assembly, timber selection, protective treatment, drive mechanism and commissioning of the ride structure.

This meeting is open to ICE members and other interested parties. It is jointly run presentation by ICE and IStructE. Light refreshments will be available from 6pm. There is limited parking available at the university which is well served by public transport.

Please look for ICE signage within the Lord Ashcroft Building if unfamiliar with the university.


For more information please contact

Norman Chan
e: [email protected]


John Riddle

John, who is Topbond's Senior Structural Engineer, has 47 years' experience in the construction industry and has worked for specialist contractors undertaking a variety of works such as precast works, street lighting, portal framed concrete buildings, concrete bridges, steel bridges, composite bridges, culverts, floating pontoons, bored and driven piling. John has been on the National Steel Bridgeworks panel and is currently chairman of the Concrete Bridge Development Group.

Event venue

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus
Michael Ashcroft Building
Bishop Hall lane
Chelmsford CM1 1SQ
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Heather Bell

e: [email protected]