Teesquay Millennium Footbridge
|Teesquay Millennium Footbridge|
Teesquay Millennium Footbridge
|Locale||Stockton-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom|
|Official name||Teesquay Millennium Footbridge|
|Preceded by||Victoria Bridge|
|Followed by||Princess of Wales Bridge|
|Material||Steel and concrete|
|Width||2.7 metres (9 ft)|
|Number of spans||4|
|Piers in water||1|
|Constructed by||Birse Construction|
|Construction end||December 2000|
|Inaugurated||20 December 2000|
Teesquay Millennium Footbridge is a footbridge crossing east-west over the river Tees, in Stockton-on-Tees in the Northeast of England. The bridge links Teesdale Business Park and the University of Durham, Queen's Campus in Thornaby-on-Tees to the Castlegate (shopping) Centre in Stockton-on-Tees High Street. The bridge crosses the Teesdale Way cycle route, River Tees and the A1035 Riverside Road. Funding for the bridge was from Stockton-on-Tees Council, the European Regional Development Fund, One NorthEast and English Partnerships.
Teesquay Millennium Footbridge is also referred to as the Millennium Bridge.
Stockton Borough Council provided a brief for a 'design and build' competition to construct a pedestrian bridge across the river Tees. The 'design and build' competition was won by a team comprising Ove Arup and Birse Construction. Their entry was the only one to satisfy the local council's strictly limited budget.
The bridge has a cable-stayed design with architecture by Yee Associates and designed by Ove Arup whereas the identification signage on the bridge states that it was designed by the constructor, Birse Construction. It has a 40 metres (131 ft) 'A' frame pylon/mast with fanned cables and has a total span of 153 metres (502 ft). The walkway is 2.7 metres (9 ft) wide narrowing to 2 metres (7 ft) on the extension over Riverside Road to the Castlegate Centre.
The bridge was opened on 20 December 2000 by Dari Taylor, Member of Parliament for Stockton South, and the mayor of Stockton-on-Tees. The Teesgate Millennium Footbridge was one of the few number of millennium footbridges to be actually completed in the millennium year, but unlike some high profile millennium footbridges it was not funded by the Millennium Commission.
On Castlegate Quay up-river by the western side of the bridge there is:
- The Castlegate Quay Watersports Centre.
- other Millennium Bridges.
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- Teesquay Millennium Footbridge on the Bridges on the Tyne website
- Teesquay Millennium Footbridge at Structurae
- Tees Quay Millennium Bridge on Geograph
- Replica HM Bark Endeavour
- Castlegate Quay Watersports Centre.
||Princess of Wales Bridge|
|Stockton on Tees town centre||Teesdale Business Park