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Latitude: 57.0717 / 57°4'18"N
Longitude: -2.8898 / 2°53'23"W
OS Eastings: 346150
OS Northings: 798205
OS Grid: NO461982
Mapcode National: GBR WM.8FZ9
Mapcode Global: WH7NG.LJ43
Entry Name: Dinnet, Bridge over the River Dee
Listing Date: 14 November 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 398935
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50735
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Glenmuick, Tullich and Glengairn
Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Parish: Glenmuick, Tullich And Glengairn
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
F A MacDonald and Sons (Glasgow), engineers, 1935. Monumental, reinforced concrete Art Deco bridge with triangular cantilevers originating from square abutments supporting a central suspended span with gently curved shelf on outer aspects. Square abutments rise to form piers at N and S with low pyramidal coping. Wide parapets with ridged vertical and horizontal incised decoration. Some 21st century refurbishment.
This is a particularly striking and unusual monumental concrete Art Deco bridge. Of particular note are the two distinctive triangular cantilevered supports. One of only 2 such designs in Scotland - the other is at Hatton Fintray near Aberdeen. The bridge was designed in the inter-war period when many experimental designs for concrete bridges were produced. The bridge replaced an earlier one, which, by 1933 was reported in The Scotsman as being 'altogether unsuitable for modern road traffic'. During recent repair work, a time capsule, containing a letter and some coins was found. This had been left by the original site foreman in 1935.
The firm of F A MacDonald and Sons, still exists under the name of W A Fairhursts.
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