Hot Dip Galvanizing Magazine Issue 1 2014
Issue#01—2014
Issue#01—2014

Issue#01—2014

There has been a lot of recent noise about test scores and knowledge, or lack of, attainment levels within education. Comparisons with certain countries have resulted in the obvious feeling of malaise and a general mood of a second class status within the ‘new’ thrusting world of education. But, is this what the attainment of knowledge should be about - the position within a table of the league of nations. Is education more than a bunch of statistics? At a recent parents evening, I was heartened to hear the overwhelming enthusiasm of a teacher who wanted to teach not via a straight jacket but by an exchange and exploration of ideas and concepts and a true understanding of the world around us.

Some of this is also true at a much broader level. We all encounter or use many products and materials in our daily lives without giving as much as a second glance to their manufacture, production or even their historical context. It was partly with this in mind that we set off on our long journey that has recently come to fruition in the form of the publication of The Alchemy of Galvanizing – Art, architecture and engineering (see article on the left).

Our book aims to explore, explain and celebrate the process that helps protect steel that we find all around us today. We highlight the use of galvanized steel within some of today’s most prominent structures – Leipzig Glass Hall, Cork Civic Offices and Snowdon Visitors’ Centre. But size is not everything, the highly engineered use of galvanizing on a smaller scale can be found within; Benyon Wharf, Catmose Campus and Garsington Opera Pavilion. Throughout the book, art provides an important tread that links the world of architecture and engineering and is highlighted by the extraordinary work of Antony Gormley and Sophie Ryder’s more intricate and abstract use of the process.

Have a browse, I am certain that you will find something of interest to remember and impart.

Blackpool Tramway Starr Gate Depot

Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism in England when a railway was built in the 1840s connecting it to the industrialised regions of northern England. Within 40 years, an 11 mile electric tramway was opened, running…

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Galvanized Fasteners

Most metal coated fasteners look bright and attractive when installed but often have thin coatings and even in a mild environment will rust vigorously after only a short period of time. It is important to ensure that you have selected…

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Galvanizing Delight

Within a section of the Guadiana River that runs along the frontier between Spain and Portugal, a new lookout point has risen from the landscape. Slender reed-like galvanized steel sections provide support to the platform as well as filtering light.…

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Godolphin House

Godolphin House is one of Cornwall’s most outstanding and important historic houses. It is a 15th century property that is the jewel in the crown of the National Trust in the southwest of England. Until the middle of the 18th…

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Laredo’s New Port

Located between the cities of Santander and Bilbao in Northern Spain, Laredo is well-known for ‘La Salvé’, its picturesque, five km-long beach and also for the historic part of the town, which dates back to Roman times. Economically, Laredo is…

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The Alchemy of Galvanizing

Our readers may be well aware of the versatility and adaptability of the galvanizing industry. We have featured over 200 projects in the recent past, just from the UK and Ireland, that detail both very large-scale infrastructure projects through to…

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The Astronomers Park

In the eastern suburbs of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the political heartland of the Basque Country in Spain, it is still possible to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk in a park called ‘The Astronomers’. The name provides a clue to the history…

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Wilhelm-Leuschner Station

Starkly geometrical, minimalistically reduced, the epitomy of rationalism and right angles. Anyone entering the Wilhelm- Leuschner-Platz Station of the new Leipzig City Tunnel will immediately recognise the typical style of Max Dudler, the architect who designed the station. The Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz…

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