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Cundall has recently provided structural design work to support a 10 tonne sandstone monument marking the source of the River Tyne.

Organised by Brian Burnie, from Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, the stones are the beginning of a 150 mile walk in Kielder, Northumberland,  to the mouth of the River Tyne, ending in the North Sea. Cundall supported the charity by providing site investigation, soil testing and a design foundation free of charge.  

All materials and services for the monuments were donated by local partners free of charge, including the stone obelisks from Border Stone Quarries, carving from Gilbert Ward, and additional funding from Northumbrian Water and Northumberland County Council.

Weighing in at 5 tonnes each, the stones were delivered by a RAF Chinook helicopter directly to the site.

Cundall’s relationship with the charity’s founder, Brian Burnie, stretches back over 20 years.  Cundall has worked with Brian for the refurbishment of Newcastle’s Kelburn House and also provided £14m of structural services for the 200 year old Doxford Hall in 2008.  Doxford Hall was converted into a luxury 25 bedroom hotel, complete with onsite restaurant and function rooms, which he sold with all profits used to start Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

John McArdle, Structural Partner at Cundall said, ‘We were delighted to ask to be involved with Brian’s latest project. I’ve known him for many years and  I personally think this new monument will be a great success in raising money for cancer patient care’. 

Please click on the links below to see the Chinook helicopter delivering the stones:

Sky Tyne and Wear

ITV Tyne Tees

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18 Oct 2013

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