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City planners give go-ahead to Millennium Bridge

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London's first new bridge for 100 years looks likely to be built, after City planners last week recommended giving permission to the Millennium Bridge, by Foster and Partners and sculptor Sir Anthony Caro.

Corporation of London planning officer Peter Rees gave his approval in principle to the £15 million pedestrian bridge, before it goes to a public meeting this week and a Court of Common Council meeting on the 25 June, arguing that it satisfies policies laid out in the udp. Southwark council gave permission for the scheme last month, but there had been a question mark on the other side of the Thames.

Project director Malcom Reading said that the scheme, linking St Paul's and the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art, has been altered to remove the ziggurat on the south bank - where the ramp meets the ground it now resembles an 'eye of a needle'. At the City end, where there will be a mobility lift, Sir Anthony Caro has designed two sculptural markers to act as a gateway. Engineer Chris Wise has helped to lessen the effect of wind by designing the shelter for exposed pedestrians like an aerofoil.

The competition-winning bridge won£7 million of Millennium Commission money, and it is believed that further financial backing is ready to be announced if the bridge is finally backed on 25 June. It will not be named after its mystery sponsor, however.

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