Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Gateshead, 2001


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  • The bridge    
  • Night view of the Millenium Bridge    
  • The bridge in its open position    
  • People crossing bridge    
  • Aerial view of the bridge and the surrounding area including the Baltic and Sage    
  • Plan    
  • Elevation    
  • Elevation bridge closed    
  • Elevation bridge open    
  • Bridge being lifted into place    
  • Construction    
  • Detail of deck, hedge and bench    
  • detail of hedge screen    

Opening bridge for pedestrian and cyclists spanning 105 meters over the River Tyne. Winner of the 2002 Stirling Prize

The bridge links Newcastle’s thriving north bank with Gateshead Quays – a new arts and cultural quarter to the south.

The bridge is essentially two graceful curves, one forming the deck and the other supporting it, spanning between two new 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 105 meter crossing distance to around 120 meter, 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.


  • Completed: 2001
  • Sectors: Civic, Transport
  • Total cost: £17.7M
  • Address: South Shore Road, Gateshead, United Kingdom

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