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Banks lists 10 bridges to usher in new 'golden age'

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The listing of 10 post-war bridges, with Grade I status for the Severn Bridge, could herald a new golden age for bridge design, say experts.

Heritage minister Tony Banks listed all 10 designs recommended by English Heritage. He called the bridges triumphs of engineering and creativity. The one spanning the River Severn, designed in 1966 by Freeman Fox and Partners with Mott Hay and Anderson and Sir Thomas Percy, was a design classic of international importance, he said. The Wye Bridge, designed by the same team, was listed Grade II.

Kenneth Powell of the Twentieth Century Society said: 'This could be a golden age for bridges. Recognition of the best of the past goes hand in hand with recognising the best of the new. There has been a recent resurgence in bridge design after a rather dull period in the 1970s and 1980s. It is interesting they have gone so far in listing bridges, given the nature of engineering structures and the fact that they have an overwhelmingly functional brief.'

None of the bridges was threated with demolition, said a spokeswoman from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The other listed bridges are:

Kingsgate Bridge, Durham, 1963, by Ove Arup and Partners (Ove Arup, engineer): Grade I

West Footbridge, London Zoo, 1961, by Sir Hugh Casson, Nevile Conder and Partners, Frank Shaw, project architect, and Stephen Revesz engineer: Grade II

Winthorpe Bridge, Newark, 1964, by A Goldstein of R Travers Morgan and Partners: Grade II*

Rhinefield Bridge, Hampshire, 1950, by engineer E W H Gifford of Hampshire County Council: Grade II

River Cherwell footbridge, Oxford, 1949, by A Goldstein of R Travers Morgan and Partners: Grade II

Garret Hostel Bridge, Cambridge, 1960, by architect Timothy Morgan of Guy Morgan and Partners, with engineer J L Kier & Co: Grade II

Wentbridge Viaduct, near Selby, Yorkshire, 1961, by West Riding County Council Bridges Department under senior designerF A Sims: Grade II

Swanscombe Footbridge, near Ashford, Kent, 1964, by engineer John Bergg of Kent County Council, 1964: Grade II.

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