LaTrobe-Bateman, Richard (10 of 10) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives
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2005-04-12, 2005-04-21, 2005-05-06, 2005-05-23
interviewee's home, Somerset
La Trobe-Bateman, Richard, 1938 (speaker, male)
Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)
Part 10: Long description of making a plank back chair. Comments on not making money designing and making bridges. Description of the necessity of making a scale model, description of a bowstring bridge. Description of RLTB’s bridge across the river Parrett at Langport, Somerset, refers to engineers’ drawings. Remarks on the pleasure of walking across his own bridge. Comments on ML’s respect for RLTB’s engineering knowledge. Remarks on wanting to win a prize for the bridge. Comments on much of the cost of bridge building being spent on bureaucracy. Remarks on the waving of planning regulations for famous designers. Description of a factor which may have ruined the sight line of RLTB’s design for the Bristol bridge, mentions the Tyne bridge, Newcastle. Remarks on wanting a chance to design for a big public commission. Long description of RLTB’s model of his Millennium Bridge, London. RLTB’s opinion of Foster’s bridge, praises it for being on the edge of technology. Long description of RLTB’s son’s job as a designer for timber frame builders, Carpenter Oak.