Engineering Design Consultants

Neath Canal Restoration

The Neath Canal has a history which dates back to the 16th century. For many years it was used for transporting materials such as coal and pig iron between Port Talbot and Glynneath. The building of an adjacent railway began the slow decline of the canal's use until it was finally closed in 1934 when traffic had all but ceased. The Neath and Tennant Canals Preservation Society was set up in 1974 with the aim of restoring the canal to navigation use by all.

The project involved the design of six sets of traditional lock gates using modern materials whilst retaining traditional lock gate aesthetics. David Price was responsible for this as well as the gates manufacture and installation on site, whilst working for Mandall Engineering Ltd.

The gates had to fit the existing lock structure. The stone quoins, which form the vertical seal between gate and the sides of the lock were sloped in two directions making the fitting and sealing of the gates particularly difficult.

For more information regarding our lock gate design services or to discuss your lock gate requirements, please telephone 0114 399 0400 or email us.

Key Facts
  • Location:
    Neath Valley, South Wales
  • Client:
    Neath and Tennant Canals Preservation Society