Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Winner of the 2002 RIBA Stirling Prize (see link below for recent BBC Culture Show clip), this bridge across the River Tyne has become a landmark for the north-east of England and a catalyst for local regeneration. The bridge links Newcastle’s thriving north bank with the Gateshead Quays arts and cultural quarter. The bridge is essentially two graceful curves, one forming the deck and the other supporting it, spanning between two islands running parallel to the quaysides. These pivot around their common springing points to allow shipping to pass beneath, using an innovative rotational movement similar to that of a slowly opening eyelid. The parabolic curves of the deck extend the 105m crossing distance to around 120m, giving enough extra length to provide the required clearance above the water. Visually elegant when static and in motion, the bridge offers a great spectacle during its opening operation – both during the day and by night.

Date:
Completed 2001
Location:
Gateshead, UK
Client:
Gateshead Council
Value:
£17.7 million
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Link:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00chl6n
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