Biffa Award And AIM Support The Brunel Museum With New Underground Venue

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AIM member, The Brunel Museum, have continued the legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s work in London by making The Grand Entrance Hall (or ‘sinking’) shaft of the historic Thames Tunnel publically accessible. Thanks to a National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme grant from Biffa Award and AIM (as well as generous donations from London Borough of Southwark and operational support from Transport for London), a freestanding, cantilevered staircase has been completed, designed by architects Tate Harmer. The project is part of the Brunel Museum’s plans to widen public awareness of the built legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and of our industrial heritage.

The Brunel Museum celebrates three generations of extraordinary engineers who helped to shape London. The shaft is approximately 50ft in diameter and 50ft deep – with dramatic smoke-blackened brick walls from steam trains, providing a raw but atmospheric backdrop. Robert Hulse, Director of the Brunel Museum said: “Brunel was…

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