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Gateshead Millenium Bridge

In the year 2000 the floating crane, The Asian Hercules II carried the Millenium bridge from the AMEC yard at Howdon in Wallsend up the River Tyne to its permanent home at Gateshead Quayside.


The bridge built by Volker Stevin cost over £22m to build, which was part funded by both the Millennium Commission and the European Regional Development Fund and is the world’s first and only tilting bridge, opening and closing in an operation that is said to mimic the blinking of an eye.

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