Talk Series: Cavenagh Bridge - From Glasgow to Singapore

This talk is organised by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments, in partnership with the British Council Singapore as part of the Milestones Through Monuments series which highlight the roles that our National Monuments had played during significant periods in Singapore's history.

Cavenagh Bridge - From Glasgow to Singapore

Completed in 1869, Cavenagh Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge across the Singapore River. Its cast iron structure was manufactured by engineering firm P&W MacLellan, and shipped out from Glasgow to be assembled in Singapore. This talk by Mr Gavin MacLellan, who is the great, great grandson of Walter MacLellan, the co-founder of the firm, will share with us the story behind this magnificent structure, and how it represented the technological advancement of that time or what is termed as “Clyde Built”.

What are some of the subtle yet important features of Cavenagh Bridge, and how does it compare to the other bridges manufactured by P & W MacLellan around the world? The talk will also examine the efforts in maintaining this 150-year-old structure including the materials and techniques deployed by early bridge builders in the 1850s and the techniques employed today.

About the Speaker

Gavin MacLellan is the descendent of Walter MacLellan, the co-founder of P&W MacLellan, which was the firm responsible for the manufacturing of Cavenagh Bridge in Singapore. His father was the last direct descendant as a Director of the firm until 1972. The firm ceased structural engineering in 1979 before its diversification into other activities.

Trained as a mechanical engineer, he attained his Master of Business Administration at the University of Glasgow in 1992. He has over 30 years of experience in exporting heavy engineering products for leading British companies, and has first-hand understanding of the processes in bridge engineering and construction. Gavin also served as the Deacon of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow (2007-2008), which supports the engineering craft in the City of Glasgow through education.

He is currently responsible for international business development with a heritage brand British industrial pump manufacturer.

Details of Talk
Title: Cavenagh Bridge - From Glasgow to Singapore
Speaker: Gavin MacLellan
Date: 15 October 2019
Time: 6:30pm to 8.30pm (registration begins at 6.00pm)
Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
Admission is by registration only and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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Tue Oct 15, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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