Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Can We Do a Better Job Than Hadrian? Company Looks at Modern-Day Cost of Wall

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Can We Do a Better Job Than Hadrian? Company Looks at Modern-Day Cost of Wall

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Byline: Tony Henderson

IT would take around 1,500 construction workers, pounds 400m and about two-and-a-half-years to build a modern version of Hadrian's Wall, it has been estimated.

But at least the Emperor Hadrian didn't have to worry about planning and environmental hurdles or health and safety.

Against a backdrop of series of re-enactment events this week around the Wall, support services and construction company Carillion was asked by Hexham-based Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd to produce a rough estimate of the cost of building a new Wall. The Living Frontier programme aims to bring 2,000 years of history to life along Hadrian's Wall - one of the biggest engineering projects undertaken by the Roman Empire.

Historians believe it took about six years to build the original Wall.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian's Wall Heritage, said: "It can be difficult for some people looking at what remains of Hadrian's Wall to really appreciate quite what an extraordinary achievement it was. These figures help to show that even 2,000 years later it would be a massive engineering challenge to build a wall from coast to coast.

"The Roman soldiers aren't thought to have worked on the construction of the Wall continuously and of course they didn't have access to the equipment that modern-day construction companies have. So for the Romans to have completed the Wall in just six years, across some very difficult terrain, is really very impressive." Carillion considers that building a new Wall would involve using nearly 4 million tonnes of material and the total cost would be in the order of pounds 300m to pounds 400m. A spokesperson from Carillion said: "This is just a very rough estimation but broadly speaking, sourcing and distributing the vast quantities of stone that would be needed would be just one of the challenges in carrying out this project. …

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