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Birmingham canals tour

  • Networking
  • Birmingham
  • 21 September 2021
  • 17:30 - 18:30
Birmingham canals tour

About this event

Join ICE West Midlands Graduates and Students Network (GSNet) and ICE Fellow, David Brown, for this informative walking tour of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

Completed in 1772 under the supervision of engineer James Brindley, the Birmingham Canal was the first canal to be built in the area, facilitating the industrial revolution in Birmingham and the Black Country.

With two termini, at Crescent Wharf, near Centenary Square and off Navigation Street, these canal branches joined, with a complex system of cast iron bridges, built in the 1820s during improvement work carried out under Thomas Telford. These bridges were strengthened in 1994 to meet modern standards in, using plate bonding techniques.

Attendees will also visit Gas Street Basin, where until a lock was built in 1815, cargoes had to be transhipped over a wall, the Worcester Bar, which physically separated two independent canals. There is a recently constructed cast iron bridge over the lock and the bridge carrying Broad Street over the canal has been strengthened for the Metro extension.

Please note: There are limited spaces for this event. The meeting point will be Library of Birmingham.


David Brown, FICE

David is a Fellow of ICE and has worked for British Waterways and the Canal & River Trust for 38 years. He is also the West Midlands member of Panel for Historic Engineering Works(PHEW).

Event venue

Meeting point: Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Birmingham B1 2EA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Daniel Stanyard

e: [email protected]