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U-Turn Round – Brabyns Iron Bridge Restoration

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It was their belief that the U-Turn Round was a great option for various reasons, not least the fact it is wind-up powered so doesn’t require mains power, but it is also very robust being both vandal and weather resistant, it is also aesthetically in keeping with the industrial character of the Iron Bridge.

In 2001 a small campaign began with just two men in Stockport, the aim was to help restore the Georgian Iron bridge found in Brabyns Park. The bridge was constructed in 1813 and functioned with little maintenance up until 1991 when an inspection discovered it was in a dangerous state of disrepair. The bridge was closed and a Bailey Bridge was erected over the top of it. As an item of historical and local significance the small campaign quickly gained momentum, with the community getting behind it whole heartedly. Over a period of years the Iron Bridge Restoration Project campaigned and took part in fundraising activities that culminated by 2007 in a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing work on the bridge to finally begin.

U-Turn Round

Work was completed on the bridge on the 22nd June 2008 and commemorated on the 25th January 2009 with the installation of a Bronze Plaque located in a viewing space over looking the bridge. This same viewing space was rejuvenated in 2011, at which time those leading the Iron Bridge Restoration Project contacted us to enquire about a listening post for use at the new viewing platform that could share the same information as found on the plaque orally. This was in an effort to improve the intellectual accessibility of the content.

U-Turn Round Wing Up Outdoor Dynamo by Blackbox-av

It was their belief that the U-Turn Round was a great option for various reasons, not least the fact it is wind-up powered so doesn’t require mains power, but it is also very robust being both vandal and weather resistant, it is also aesthetically in keeping with the industrial character of the Iron Bridge. There’s also the fact it’s a fun interactive way to share audio with users, the ‘turn to hear’ mechanism is very inviting to the public who love using it.

The U-Turn Round was installed on the 24th October 2012 via an in-ground mount and currently plays a single message, although there are plans to add more in future taken from a short documentary that has been made, telling the full story of the restoration project.

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