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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Tilting bridge clinches major award
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The bridge tilts to allow boats to travel underneath
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge has been named winner of the 2002 Building of the Year Award.

It is the first time in the award's 14 year history that the prestigious accolade has gone to a bridge.

The award, organised by the Royal Fine Art Commission, was announced at London's Savoy Hotel on Thursday.

Lord St John of Fawsley, chairman of the commission, said the bridge had "dramatically enhanced" the profile of Tyneside throughout the world.

Social effect

"The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, with its striking modernist design and its unique method of opening to let ships pass below, takes a major new step in bridge history.

"It will also have a profound social effect enabling pedestrians to cross freely between the two great cities of Gateshead and Newcastle.

"The Tyne is famous for its bridges. Its profile is known throughout the world and will now be dramatically enhanced," he said.

The architects were Wilkinson Eyre and the engineers Gifford and Partners.

The competition was open to any new building or restoration, statue, or engineering structure completed in the UK during 2001 - provided that its exterior is visible to the public.


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