Source of River Tyne

Location River Tyne, Northumberland
Services Civil and structural engineering
Client Brian Burnie, Daft as a Brush
Photography © North News & Pictures Ltd

Gordon Reid

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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 130 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, 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. The stones acts as pinpoints to the start / or finish of a planned national trailed dedicated to those who are affected either directly or indirectly by cancer.

The 'Daft as a Brush National Walk' will hopefully encourage others to take the walk and raise money for the charity.

To find our more about the charity, visit

To see videos of the stones being delivered and lowered by the RAF Chinook helicopter, please click here.