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Consultant Gifford's £22M 'blinking eye' Gateshead Millennium Bridge this week scooped the Stirling Prize, architecture's top award. It is the first time a bridge has won the Royal Institute of British Architecturebacked prize. Stretching 126m over the Tyne, the bridge's steel arch and deck pivot together from their common springing points and can be rotated through 55infinity to provide 25m headroom for shipping. The judges described the bridge as 'eminently simple: a pair of ...

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