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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Coastal art project shells out for Ulverston engineering firm’s expertise

AT 17-and-a-half tonnes and 11m long, it is one of largest pieces ever commissioned to a reputable sculptural and architectural metalwork business.

The enormous conch shell has been designed and created at Chris Brammall Ltd.

The commission was awarded to the Ulverston firm as part of the Mythic Coast project to regenerate Wyre’s waterfronts in Lancashire.

The shell is due to be installed on September 12 and 13 and is one of four big projects nearing completion at the company’s Low Mill Business Park HQ – where it has been based for around 11 years, now employing 15 people, including two apprentices.

The firm has also done two other pieces, designed by artist Stephen Broadbent, for the Mythic Coast scheme.

Mr Brammall, 40, of Windermere, the company director who set himself up blacksmithing straight out of college 19 years ago, said: “The shell has been one of the most complex and challenging pieces we’ve done.

“To look at it now, it might look a very simple, elegant kind of piece, but the complexities and engineering processes have been mindblowing.

“When you get the opportunity to produce pieces of work like that, it’s just brilliant.

“It’s going on the beach; the tide will come in and out over it twice every day and as soon as it’s ready, people will be out there on it. It’s a very interactive piece.”

Chris Brammall Ltd has been producing bespoke work for more than 19 years, ranging from small-scale private commissions to extensive public realm schemes and specialist fabrication.

People will be familiar with some of the company’s most prominent local commissions, such as the Cumbria Way Marker in The Gill, Ulverston, and the Glebe Bandstand in Bowness.

The shell and other work was admired by clients and potential customers during the business’ first open day last week.

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