This is the most recent addition to the iconic set of bridges that span the Tyne in the centre of the city, and possibly my favourite. But please don’t offend the Gateshead folk on the other side of the river by describing this as a bridge in Newcastle! The full name of this bridge is in fact the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. It was commissioned by the council to commemorate the millennium and link new developments on either side of the river, including the gallery at Baltic, the old flour mill. It certainly succeeds in doing that and makes it easy for anyone on the Newcastle side to pop across to check out the latest exhibits or have a meal in the restaurant there.
The bridge is for use by pedestrians and cyclists only, as there is no traffic by the river at this point. The brief was to create a bridge allowed ships to pass underneath and didn’t overshadow or spoil the world famous view of the existing bridges. The design solution was to create this light structure which contrasts really well with the solidity of the other bridges, and to engineer it in a way that allows it to tilt upwards for ships to pass. When it does so it looks just like an eye winking! These days there aren’t a large number of large ships navigating the river so it isn’t required to do this frequently. But you can find out the times when the bridge will “wink” on the website below. One regular occurrence is each Sunday just after midday so if you’re on the Quayside at this time do go along to watch, as it’s quite a sight. Each opening and closing takes four and a half minutes and both arches tilt at once – the one that carries the walkway/cycleway, and the one that supports it from above.
Another sight worth catching is of the bridge at night. It is lit up in an ever-changing spectrum of colour, and, from what I’ve observed, the patterns can be different on different nights. Sometimes there are rainbow colours (befitting the shape!) and sometimes each colour appears separately. The website says:
“The arch is lit with a series of high-powered lights which change colour to add to the design. In the week it is lit with a crystal white light and at weekends it changes to a spectrum of colours.”
However on our recent visits I have certainly seen coloured lights on a weeknight so maybe they are used all the time now, or at least more often.
The Tyne Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson who based their design on the Hell Gate Bridge in New York (which was completed in 1916). The bridge was completed on 25 February 1928 and opened on 10 October by King George V and Queen Mary, who were the first to use the roadway travelling in their Ascot landau.
The bridge was originally painted green with special paint made by J. Dampney Co. of Gateshead. The same colours were used to paint the bridge in 2000. The bridge spans 531 feet (162 m) and the road deck is 84 feet (26 m) above the river level.
It originally carried the A1 in to Newcastle but when the Tyne Tunnel opened in 1967 the A1 was diverted away from the bridge.
The Tyne Bridge is a through arch bridge over the River Tyne in North East England, linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. It was designed by the engineering firm Mott, Hay and Anderson, who later designed the Forth Road Bridge, and was built by Dorman Long and Co. of Middlesbrough. At the time of its construction it was the world's longest single span bridge. The bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of Tyneside. It currently stands as the tenth tallest structure in the city.
Work started in August 1925 with Dorman Long acting as the building contractors. Despite the dangers of the building work, only one worker (Charles Tosh) died in the building of this structure.
The Tyne Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson who based their design on the Hell Gate Bridge in New York (which was completed in 1916). The bridge was completed on 25 February 1928 and opened on 10 October by King George V and Queen Mary, who were the first to use the roadway travelling in their Ascot landau
NewcastleGateshead's Millenium Bridge was built following a competition run by the local council in 1996 to choose a new cycle and footbridge that would link Newcastle and Gateshead across the Tyne whilst still complimenting the existing famous bridges across the river. This was the winning design, the world's first tilting bridge.
When ships need to pass the bridge opens like an eye winking as the walk/cycle platform tilts upwards to the arch above. Quite a design.
The Tyne Bridge is perhaps the most well known sight in Newcastle. This bridge which links Newcastle and Gateshead across the River Tyne first opened in 1928 with King George V doing the honours.
The bridge fits well with both the industrial heritage of the area as well as the regeneration which has been taking place in recent years and all the new ultra modern architecture that this has brought with it.
Built in 1926, thsi bridge was, at that time, with its 389 meters long, the longhest sigle span bridge (162 meters). It is not anymore, it is only the tenth higher structure in town, but it became a symbol of Tyneside, and a highlight in a city where there is not much to see.
The Tyne Bridge is Newcastle's most familiar landmark. When it was completed, in 1928, it was the largest single span bridge in the world. It was the model for Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was completed four years later.
Newcastle's Millenium Bridge is a beautiful footbridge over the Tyne. It cost £22 million to build and was lifted into place in 2000, but not opened to the public until 17 September 2001. It is 50m high and 122m wide, and has won architectural awards, including the 2002 Royal British Institute of Architects' Stirling Prize.
This bridge was opened in November 2000 and is the world's only tilting bridge! The bridge only opens or tilts at certain times and only by chance we saw this taking place with a bird's eye view from the external viewing platform of the Baltic centre! (Please look at all of the photos to show the sequence).
It provides a link between the Gateshead and Newcastle quayside and is the only purpose built bridge on the River Tyne for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Tyne Bridge was constructed in 1928 and is probably the best known of the 7 bridges crossing the Tyne. It’s design was influenced by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its dimensions are impressive: it has a total length of 389 metres and it stands 59 metres above water level at its highest point. It crosses the Tyne near the castle in, in one of the oldest parts of the city.
Named for the new Millennium but not opened until late 2001, the Millennium bridge is an eye-catching piece of architecture on the River Tyne. Many cities have designed Millennium bridges but the Newcastle/Gateshead one is exceptional. It lies just beside the Baltic Gallery east of the Tyne bridge and it can rotate 90 degrees to allow ships to pass below. Unfortunately we didn't get to see this during our trip but it must be a spectacular sight. The bridge is a nice addition to the six other bridges spanning the Tyne.
the worlds first tilting bridge which has been likened to a blinking eye.to see it opening there are times listed in the glass building at the ends of the bridge.or you can plan in advance by going to this website that lists the opening times in advance.type in google ,gateshead millennium bridge opening times background,and you will be at the web page....enjoy the toon
The Swing Bridge swivels about its central axis on large roller-bearings. All operated by hydraulic pressure. The very first swing bring over the Tyne was made of stone and wood in 120AD. The second and third were built of stone in 1320 and1731 respectively. This 4th edition was built in 1876. The bridge connects Newcastle to Gateshead.
Tyne Bridge was built between 1925 and 1928 and has become an icon of Tyneside. Opened by King George V, it is the most recent of the three great bridges. The bridge is almost half a mile long and at the time of its construction was the world’s largest single span bridge. It was later followed a few years later by the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.
The Tyne Bridge is the most famous of the six bridges that cross the river between Newcastle and Gateshead. It was built in 1928 and, instantly recognisable, has come to symbolise the city. It’s often said that the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia was based on the Tyne Bridge, though I've also read that it was the other way round and that the Australians got in first - but try telling that to a Geordie!
The road is 84 feet above the water and the bridge has a 531 foot span. There's a passenger lift in the tower on the north (Newcastle) side that will take you between road level and the quay-side below.