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New award for 'Blinking' bridge
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge cost 22m to build
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge has won a prestigious engineering award.

The landmark 'Blinking Eye' bridge was awarded the Institute of Structural Engineers 'Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence' on Wednesday.

This accolade recognises the bridge as one of the finest example of structural engineering in the world.

It beat competition from the City of Manchester Stadium, a Centre for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, a station in Vancouver and the Recital Room at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The judges described the concept of an opening bridge as fraught with engineering challenges.

They praised the designers, Gifford, for their high degree of engineering skills that translated a brilliant idea into a working reality.

They concluded that the bridge is a joy to look at, to walk across and to watch in motion.

The Millennium Bridge has already won awards for Best Invention, Building of the Year, a Royal Fine Art Commission Award, a Structural Steel Award and the Royal Institute of British Architects' Stirling Prize.

Top award for landmark bridge
14 Oct 02 |  England

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