Dorman Long at work
Made in Teesside
The next time someone sneers at you for coming from Teesside, run off this list of the world's great structures that were made, at least in part, by Teessiders. If there is anything we have missed do let us know.
Teesside Harbour Bridge (Sydney)
Sydney Harbour Bridge (Built by Dorman Long)
Probably our best known structure. Thousands of people climb the bridge every year and are told how it was built by Dorman Long.
Birmingham Bullring (Steel by Teesside Cast Products)
It is the heart of the regeneration of England's second city and an £800m cathedral to shopping.
Canary Wharf, London
Canary Wharf (Steel by Teesside Cast Products/Steelwork by Cleveland Bridge)
Right in the heart of London's expensive suit district, stands Britain's tallest building. Canary Wharf Tower was built with steelwork made on Teesside, designed on Teesside and fashioned on Teesside.
Artist's impression of Freedom Tower
New World Trade Centre, New York (Steel by Teesside Cast Products)
Work is still only in its early stages for the Freedom Tower that will replace the Twin Towers destroyed on 9/11, but already, specialist grade steel beams from Corus Beam Mill are on site.
Heathrow Terminal 5
Heathrow Terminal 5 (Steel by Teesside Cast Products)
Not our proudest boast, but Teesside provided the steel, not the ill-fated baggage handling system.
Wembley Stadium (Steelwork by Cleveland Bridge)
The job was dogged by budget problems and boardroom battles, but for all the troubles surrounding it, the Teesside team got the iconic arch in place.
Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge (Steelwork by Cleveland Bridge)
The bridge is the most seaward crossing of the Yangtze River and its completion was timed to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution on 1st October 1997.
Victoria Falls Bridge
Victoria Falls Bridge, Zambezi River (Built by Dorman Long)
Walk along the iconic bridge that spans the world's highest waterfall, and you will see the stamp to prove it.
Hong Kong Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong Convention Centre (Steelwork by Cleveland Bridge)
Yes, Chris Patten made the historic handover of Hong Kong to China at a building described as "a sculpture in steel", that was made and erected by Teessiders.
The Tyne Bridge
Tyne Bridge (Built by Dorman Long)
The Geordies might not like to be reminded of it, but the greatest icon of Tyneside's former industrial might was built by a Teesside company.
The Angel of the North
The Angel of the North (Made by Hartlepool Steel Fabrications)
It may be the gateway marker to Tyneside and one of the most recognisable shapes in the country, but the Angel had to make a trip up the A19 to get where she is.
The Forth Road Bridge
Forth Road Bridge (Built by Cleveland Bridge)
How many bridges can boast their own visitor centre? At 3300 feet long and made with cables two feet thick, the Forth Road Bridge certainly deserves the one it has.
And there's more ...
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last updated: 10/02/2009 at 11:42