The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is one of the most successful millennium projects. Linking the newly regenerated quaysides of Newcastle and Gateshead, it is the latest addition to the five bridges that make up the already famous Tyneside skyline.
The elegant structure results from a clever solution to the challenge set out in the brief: ships have to be able to pass under the bridge and pedestrians and cyclists have to be able to cross without the need for stairs or lifts. The architects’ answer to this was to pivot the bridge at either end so that it can be hinged open. It has been compared to a blinking eye.