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Friday, 20 May 2011

Tyne Bridge

Visited Newcastle last week to see clients wanting their house redesigned.

Haven't been up for ages and enjoyed riding round in the MR2.

Forgot how impressive the Tyne Bridge is. With the top down on the car you got a great view of the structure you'd normally miss driving across it.

Designed by Mott Hay and Anderson inspired by Hell Gate Bridge in New York and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Built by Dorman Long and despite the dangers of the building work, only one worker died in the building of this structure.
The bridge was completed in 1928 and opened by King George V and Queen Mary, who were the first to use the roadway travelling in their Ascot landau. The bridge spans 531 feet (162 m) and the road deck is 84 feet (26 m) above the river level.

British Engineering at its best !

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