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Background imageEngineering Collection: Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817

Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817
Rotherhithe Tunnel, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London. The south entrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel during construction. One of a series of prints documenting work on the road tunnel beneath the Thames

Background imageEngineering Collection: North Shields Docks EAW005502

North Shields Docks EAW005502
Smiths Docks, the Bull Ring Graving Docks and the Albert Edward Dock, North Shields. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in May 1947

Background imageEngineering Collection: Wellington Inn on stilts OP05766

Wellington Inn on stilts OP05766
Old Wellington Inn, Old Shambles, Manchester. Exterior view of the Wellington Inn, Old Shambles, shown during the extensive surrounding building works, November 1971

Background imageEngineering Collection: Shipyard at Birkenhead EAW030649

Shipyard at Birkenhead EAW030649
The Cammell Laird Shipbuilding and Engineering Works, Birkenhead. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in June 1950

Background imageEngineering Collection: South Shields Shipyard EAW008937

South Shields Shipyard EAW008937
The Middle Docks & Engineering Company Ltd Ship Repair Yard at Middle Docks, South Shields. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in August 1947

Background imageEngineering Collection: Traction Engine BAR03_01_030

Traction Engine BAR03_01_030
A steam traction engine being inspected by members of the public, during an event in the grounds of Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire in 1956

Background imageEngineering Collection: Tyne shipyard EAW010662

Tyne shipyard EAW010662
The Neptune Shipyard on the River Tyne, Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from the east. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in September 1947

Background imageEngineering Collection: Spaghetti Junction EAW220279

Spaghetti Junction EAW220279
Gravelly Hills Interchange, Birmingham. Junction 6 on the M6 motorway meets the A38 and A5127 in a complex known as " Spaghetti Junction"

Background imageEngineering Collection: Clifton Suspension Bridge JRU01_01_225

Clifton Suspension Bridge JRU01_01_225
CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE, CLIFTON, CITY OF BRISTOL. Clifton Suspension Bridge, viewed from the north. Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1829-31

Background imageEngineering Collection: Moving the earth JLP01_10_00113

Moving the earth JLP01_10_00113
John Laing excavators and other plant at work during the construction of the M1 motorway. Photographed 1958-9

Background imageEngineering Collection: Roof for Watneys JLP01_08_081875

Roof for Watneys JLP01_08_081875
Watney Mann Brewery, St Johns Road, Isleworth, Hounslow, Greater London. An interior view during the construction of the new bottling hall at Watneys new brewery

Background imageEngineering Collection: Thrust boring JLP01_08_077158

Thrust boring JLP01_08_077158
NORFOLK. A view of thrust boring being carried out during the installation of the Fens gas pipeline. Work on laying the Fens gas pipeline started in June 1967

Background imageEngineering Collection: Pipelaying JLP01_08_076891

Pipelaying JLP01_08_076891
NORFOLK. A pipelayer with a side boom and a team of workers laying a section of the Fens gas pipeline into a trench. Work on laying the Fens gas pipeline started in June 1967

Background imageEngineering Collection: Welding JLP01_08_076889

Welding JLP01_08_076889
NORFOLK. A view of welding taking place along the Fens gas pipeline, showing a protective canopy erected to cover two sections of pipe being welded together

Background imageEngineering Collection: Wrapping and sealing JLP01_08_076816

Wrapping and sealing JLP01_08_076816
NORFOLK. A team of workers wrapping and sealing the end of a steel pipe on the Fens gas pipeline. Work on laying the Fens gas pipeline started in June 1967

Background imageEngineering Collection: Pneumatic clamp JLP01_08_076807

Pneumatic clamp JLP01_08_076807
NORFOLK. A team of men working on the lining up operation of the Fens gas pipeline, showing the internal pneumatic clamp for locking steel pipes together

Background imageEngineering Collection: Barton Swing Aqueduct a98_05171

Barton Swing Aqueduct a98_05171
Boats on the Barton Swing Aqueduct, carrying the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. Trafford, Greater Manchester. Photographed by Eric de Mare sometime in the 1950s

Background imageEngineering Collection: Crewe Locomotive Works OP03596

Crewe Locomotive Works OP03596
Crewe Locomotive Works, Forge Street, Crewe, Cheshire. Pouring molten metal into moulds to cast chairs. From the L G Fisher Collection, photographed in 1910

Background imageEngineering Collection: Barrow-in-Furness EAW019736

Barrow-in-Furness EAW019736
SS Himalaya moored in Buccleuch Dock, St Georges Square and the town, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in October 1948

Background imageEngineering Collection: Wearside shipyard EAW001030

Wearside shipyard EAW001030
The River Wear, the Deptford Shipbuilding Yard and the residential area at Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in June 1946

Background imageEngineering Collection: Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06816

Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06816
Rotherhithe Tunnel, Shadwell, London. A view of the bulkhead from inside during construction. One of a series of prints documenting work on the road tunnel beneath the Thames (1904-08)

Background imageEngineering Collection: Oil rig on the move JLP01_10_01584_6

Oil rig on the move JLP01_10_01584_6
Graythorp Dry Dock, Hartlepool. The Graythorp basin flooded and the dock gates removed for float out of oil platform. The Laing Offshore Graythorp project involved the development of the former

Background imageEngineering Collection: Preston Bypass EAW073974

Preston Bypass EAW073974
Preston Bypass, Lancashire. Britains first motorway under construction, photographed in November 1958. It was opened by Harold MacMillan in December

Background imageEngineering Collection: Crossing a canal JLP01_08_084424

Crossing a canal JLP01_08_084424
STAFFORDSHIRE. A sheet pile cofferdam being constructed across a canal on the route of the Barlaston pipeline, as a narrow boat passes by

Background imageEngineering Collection: Arrol Gantry, Belfast BL20480

Arrol Gantry, Belfast BL20480
The Arrol Gantry and crane at Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries shipyard on Queens Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This enormous gantry, measuring 840 feet long and over 200 feet high

Background imageEngineering Collection: Motorway junction JEH_22028_89

Motorway junction JEH_22028_89
Almondsbury, Bristol. At the Almondsbury Interchange (Junction 15 on the M5 and Junction 20 on the M4) the M4 is carried over the M5

Background imageEngineering Collection: Clock mechanism DP249078

Clock mechanism DP249078
University of Birmingham, Chamberlain Tower, University Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Detail of the clock mechanism inside the campanile clock tower

Background imageEngineering Collection: Sizewell A and foundations of Sizewell B JLP01_11_35184_02

Sizewell A and foundations of Sizewell B JLP01_11_35184_02
SIZEWELL B POWER STATION, LEISTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL. A view of the reactor building under construction at Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station, with Sizewell A visible in the background

Background imageEngineering Collection: Pipeline JLP01_10_02606

Pipeline JLP01_10_02606
CUMBRIA. A view along the route of the Brampton pipeline, showing pipelaying equipment in the foreground lowering the pipeline into a trench

Background imageEngineering Collection: Portishead B Power Station JLP01_10_05338

Portishead B Power Station JLP01_10_05338
Portishead B Power Station, North Somerset. Although this photograph was created in around 1978 for John Laing, it is possibly a copy of an earlier colour image

Background imageEngineering Collection: Reactor building JLP01_11_53921_06

Reactor building JLP01_11_53921_06
SIZEWELL B POWER STATION, LEISTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL. Laing workers concreting the top of the reactor dome during the construction of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

Background imageEngineering Collection: Gas pipeline JLP01_08_076813

Gas pipeline JLP01_08_076813
NORFOLK. A view of the Fens gas pipeline, showing protective canopies located at joints along the pipe where sub welds were carried out

Background imageEngineering Collection: Pipelaying JLP01_10_00159

Pipelaying JLP01_10_00159
NORFOLK. A row of Caterpillar 583 pipelayers with side booms, lifting the Fens gas pipeline into a recently dug trench. Work on laying the Fens gas pipeline started in June 1967

Background imageEngineering Collection: Pipeline JLP01_10_02619

Pipeline JLP01_10_02619
CUMBRIA. A view along the route of the Brampton pipeline, showing the pipe at a 45 degree angle in the foreground, where it meets a slope

Background imageEngineering Collection: Baltimore Tower under construction 29227_029

Baltimore Tower under construction 29227_029
Baltimore Tower, Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets, London. The tower under construction in March 2015. The design has been nicknamed The Slinky

Background imageEngineering Collection: Concrete train JLP01_10_01813

Concrete train JLP01_10_01813
Hampshire. A John Laing concrete train constructing a section of the M27 motorway. Photographed in October 1974

Background imageEngineering Collection: Cast iron tunnel lining MTA01_01_16

Cast iron tunnel lining MTA01_01_16
QUEENSWAY TUNNEL, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside. A man at work on the construction of the Queensway Tunnel, showing the cast iron lining in the under-river section of the main tunnel

Background imageEngineering Collection: Demolition and clearance JLP01_065_17

Demolition and clearance JLP01_065_17
CORYTON OIL REFINERY, THURROCK, ESSEX. The demolition of a chimney stack belonging to a derelict boiler house, during site preparation work for the construction of Coryton Oil Refinery

Background imageEngineering Collection: Regents Park Mosque JLP01_10_04302

Regents Park Mosque JLP01_10_04302
The Islamic Cultural Centre and The London Central Mosque, 146 Park Road, Regents Park, Westminster, London. A crane ready to lift the crescent to the top of the golden dome during construction

Background imageEngineering Collection: Oil rig on the move JLP01_10_01378

Oil rig on the move JLP01_10_01378
Graythorp Dry Dock, Hartlepool. Oil platform being moved on caterpillar wheels. Photographed in 1974

Background imageEngineering Collection: Widnes And Runcorn Transporter Bridge AA55_04292

Widnes And Runcorn Transporter Bridge AA55_04292
Widnes And Runcorn Transporter Bridge, Widnes, Halton. A view of the Widnes - Runcorn Transporter Bridge, showing vehicles on the moving platform, early 1950s

Background imageEngineering Collection: Barlaston pipeline JLP01_08_084420

Barlaston pipeline JLP01_08_084420
Barlaston, Stafford, Staffordshire. A view of the Barlaston pipeline crossing the Trent and Mersey Canal during the installation of the pipeline

Background imageEngineering Collection: Mersey Gateway Bridge 33146_037

Mersey Gateway Bridge 33146_037
Construction for the Mersey Gateway Bridge, Halton, Cheshire. This toll bridge crosses the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal from Runcorn to Widnes

Background imageEngineering Collection: Roundtree House DES01_01_0111

Roundtree House DES01_01_0111
Roundtree House, Alfred Street, Wereneth, Oldham, Lancashire. Tower block under construction viewed from Featherstall Road South. Photographed by Eileen Deste, 1966-74

Background imageEngineering Collection: Battersea Power Station 33460_032

Battersea Power Station 33460_032
Renovation of Battersea Power Station as part of the Nine Elms Development, London, 2018

Background imageEngineering Collection: Anderton Boat Lift a99_09245

Anderton Boat Lift a99_09245
ANDERTON BOAT LIFT, Cheshire. Floodlit night view from the west. The Boat Lift opened in 1875. It was built to transfer canal boats between the River Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal

Background imageEngineering Collection: Restoring Gorhambury 33904_030

Restoring Gorhambury 33904_030
Renovation works at Gorhambury House, Hertfordshire, 2020

Background imageEngineering Collection: Birmingham Maglev JLP01_09_832036

Birmingham Maglev JLP01_09_832036
Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, Birmingham, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands. Workmen inspecting a new Maglev car on the new Maglev system at Birmingham Airport near the end of its



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