The Gateshead Millennium Bridge Turns 20

Last week the Gateshead Millennium Bridge celebrated its 20th anniversary since being lowered into place across the River Tyne in Newcastle by one of the world’s largest floating cranes, the Asian Hercules II.

Using an innovative rotational movement similar to that of a slowly opening eyelid, the bridge was conceived as two graceful curves that pivot to allow shipping to pass beneath, and would become the first to tilt in the world. Now, 20-years later the bridge is still a key connection between Newcastle and Gateshead for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since its arrival, we're proud to have watched it become a new landmark for the local area, make an appearance on the Royal Mint and Post Office Stamps, and win the 2002 RIBA Stirling Prize!

Find out more about the Gateshead Millennium Bridge here.