Newcastle upon Tyne
The Tyne Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the North. Situated in Newcastle upon Tyne, the bridge was designed and constructed by the engineering firm Mott Hay and Anderson, and was designed to link Newcastle upon Tyne with Gateshead. It is located between Swing Bridge and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Work started on the bridge in 1925, which included labour from local workers, and input from the Dorman Long team, including the first female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The design of the bridge uses a parabolic arch.
The bridge was completed in 1928, and was officially opened by King George V. At this time, The Tyne Bridge was the biggest single-span bridge in the UK. Trams used the bridge from 1928 until 1950.
The day the bridge was opened was an extremely big event for the residents of Newcastle. Over 20,000 school children were given the day off to attend the event and listen to the speech given by the King.
News reporters attended the event, and the speech given by King George V was even recorded by Movietone news to share with the country. King George and Queen Mary were the first people to use the new bridge, using the roadway to travel in their Ascot Landau.
The bridge was green when it was opened, and was repainted the same colour in 2000. When the bridge is painted, it needs between 10,000 and 15,000 litres of paint to complete. When the bridge was painted in 1976, it cost around £66,000, rising to £1.9 million in 2000.
The Tyne Bridge has been recognised as a Grade II listed structure, meaning it is a particular important structure of more than special interest, and it remains one of the most loved landmarks in Newcastle.