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Gateshead Millennium Bridge timeline

The sleek lines of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Details below show the timeline from the launch of the design competition to the opening of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

It was to take five years before the Gateshead Millennium Bridge was complete and the public could finally walk over this amazing example of cutting edge engineering.

August 1996

Design competition launched

February 1997

Winning design announced. Detailed design work begins

May 1999

Construction work begins

November 2000

Asian Hercules transports bridge 6 miles from Wallsend

June 2001

Opening mechanism used for the first time

September 2001

Bridge opens to public

May 2002

The Queen officially opens Gateshead Millennium Bridge

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