Plaque celebrates engineer who took on Brunel projects
A CIVIL engineer who was chief assistant to the renowned Isambard Kingdom Brunel has had a plaque unveiled in his memory 200 years after he was born.
Robert Pearson Brereton collaborated with Brunel on many of his projects, including the Great Western Railway.
He also built a new dock at Porthcawl, where the plaque was unveiled at the weekend as part of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ ICE 200 celebrations,
Born in 1818, Brereton took over responsibility for Brunel’s ongoing projects when he died in 1859.
These included the Llynvi Valley Railway, coming down from the Maesteg district to Bridgend and on to Porthcawl.
Brunel described Brereton in 1845 as “a peculiarly energetic persevering young man”.
The chairman of the Cornwall Railway, speaking in 1859 following the opening of the Royal Albert Bridge, described him as “always ready, always able, always full of energy”.
Under Brunel’s direction, Brereton supervised the construction of the Royal Albert Bridge across the River Tamar for the Cornwall Railway.
After Brunel’s death, Brereton ran his business from Brunel’s old office in Duke Street, London.
Keith Jones, director ICE Wales Cymru said: “Civil engineers like Brereton are the invisible super heroes in the UK, but if we stop to look around us we can see the impact of civil engineering everywhere.”
Robert Pearson Brereton