Aswan Dam

With Britain pretty much controlling Egypt and Sudan, it made life easier for large infrastructure projects to be green-lighted. The Aswan Dam was one of the largest public works projects of its era. Construction began in 1898 and completed it in 1902. The project was designed by Sir William Willcocks and involved several eminent engineers, including Sir Benjamin Baker and Sir John Aird, whose firm, John Aird & Co., was the main contractor.



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by Stephen Luscombe