Wilkinson Eyre Architects director Keith Brownlie said the installation of the Millennium Bridge - a unique 'lateral bascule'- 'went like a dream' last week after almost a fortnight of weather delays.
Some 10,000 people lined the Tyne to watch the £22 million bridge - designed with Gifford and Partners - being winched into place by the largest floating crane in the world. 'It was a terrific spectacle', said Brownlie. The structure left Walsall at about 7.30am and 'touched down' in Gateshead about noon. The 850 tonne, 140m long curving and pivoting bridge will open to the public in August after tests. Wilkinson also revealed progress on its £37.4 million Magna project in Rotherham, due to open next April. Shown above is the air pavilion, one of four now taking shape.