The Avon Gorge Gallery – How the Portway was protected, Bristol

1 March, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

The Avon Gorge Gallery was designed to protect people against falling rocks.
The Avon Gorge Gallery was designed to protect people against falling rocks.

About this event

The possibility of rock falls in the Avon Gorge necessitates regular inspection and maintenance of the rock faces, many of which are close to the A4 Portway. In the 1970's, major problems were identified at a number of sites resulting in programmes of remedial works. These included the construction of a rock protection shelter (or Gallery) under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

This talk will describe some of the works undertaken at that time to protect the Portway from rockfalls and, in particular, the design and construction of the Gallery.

The Gallery protects the A4 from potential falls from the rock faces above. The project involved complex design and construction issues in an area of nationally important environmental sensitivity.

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