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Cleveland Bridge UK creates steel artwork to mark historic link with town

Back (left to right): Mark Dixon, Quality Control Manager; Jake Woodcock, Apprentice; Jack Morton, Apprentice; Steve Kershaw, Supervisor; Dean Sullivan, Apprentice and Josh Ridley, Apprentice. Front (left to right): Steven Liddle, Apprentice; Richard Parker, Factory Manager and Michael Spence, Apprentice.

An historic engineering company has transformed its corporate logo into an attractive work of public art.

Apprentices at Cleveland Bridge UK were involved in the fabrication of the firm’s famous bridge logo, which incorporates six slabs of weathered steel – echoing the appearance of the iconic Angel of the North.

The eye-catching installation is positioned outside its extensive 22 acre site on Yarm Road, Darlington, and its presence has been further enhanced by dramatic lighting.

The distinctive high-strength weathered steel has an attractive oxidised orange coating, which seals the surface and makes it resistant to further erosion.

It was designed and fabricated by Cleveland Bridge and was commissioned to reflect the firm’s long association with the town. Naturally, it turned to the medium of steel, which has made the company famous around the globe.

Cleveland Bridge can trace its origins back more than 150 years and its long list of achievements include Sydney Harbour Bridge, Wembley Stadium Arch, the Shard and Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing.

Managing Director, Chris Droogan, said: “Cleveland Bridge wished to create something to mark its long association with Darlington and hit upon the idea of creating our company logo in weathered steel.

“It was designed and fabricated in-house by a team, which included our apprentices, as they are our next generation of engineers and innovators.

“They also provide a link with Cleveland Bridge’s past achievements and its future successes as a global leader in technology-based engineering.

“The installation reflects the area’s proud industrial and engineering heritage. It is more than a representation of our logo, but an artwork which represents the essence of Cleveland Bridge and its enduring link with the town.”