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Millennium Bridge designers order musical tribute

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A MUSICAL tribute to the designers and builders of London's controversial Millennium Bridge is due to be premiered on the South Bank of the Thames on 6 March - although no official re-opening date has been announced.

Structural engineer Arup commissioned composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the middle of last year, since when he has had the opportunity to walk several times on the crossing and meet all those involved in the project.

Arup chairman Bob Emmerson said the concert, to which more than 900 guests from the profession, politics and the media have been invited, was a way of thanking the engineers and advisors who 'have done so much for the bridge over the last 18 months'.

He added that the main concert would be preceded by a similar event just for Arup staff.

'Sir Peter was chosen on the recommendation of Arup Trustees chairman Sir Duncan Michael and some colleagues from Arup Acoustics, ' Emmerson said. 'I haven't heard the piece myself yet, but I'm looking forward to it.'

When the Queen Elizabeth Hall was originally booked, Arup was anticipating the bridge to re-open by the turn of the year.

Delays with the supply of USmanufactured viscous dampers have caused serious slippage.

Results of the recent, apparently successful, mass pedestrian test on the crossing (NCE last week) are still being evaluated by the client's advisors, and no official opening has yet been announced.

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