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Millennium Bridge draws Gateshead crowds

GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM Bridge proved its pulling power once more by attracting possibly the largest regional association crowd of the year.

Over 700 people attended the Northern Counties local association lecture given by the municipal civil engineer of the year, John John - ston, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne last week.

Such was demand that a video link to an adjacent lecture theatre needed to be quickly rigged up.

Unusually for such a meeting, 90% of those present were non-ICE members.

Johnston, who is head of design and construction at Gateshead Council, delivered a comprehensive talk highlighting the concept and structural engineering involved in the bridge's construction. Johnston also explained the increasingly pop - ular partnering arrangement between designer, engineer, contractor and client - considered an important element in the project's success.

Before the lecture a careers fair was held with contractors and consultants meeting undergraduates and explaining what the engineering profession has to offer. The fair was arranged by Allison Littlejohn, Uni - versity of Newcastle undergraduate and member of the Association of Graduates & Students.

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