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News: Millennium Bridge

After three weeks of intense negotiations, the final agreement on the future of London's controversial £18M Millennium Bridge was being signed as NCE went to press on Tuesday. The deal, between the London Borough of Southwark, the Millennium Bridge Trust, the Corporation of London and structural engineer Ove Arup and architect Foster & Partners, was originally due to be concluded on 21 February following a meeting of Southwark's ratification committee the previous night (NCE 22 February). But what an MBT spokeswoman described as 'minor technical problems' have delayed the final deal until this week. Details of the financial package, which will cover the estimated £4M plus cost of the anti-wobble retrofit, will never be officially revealed but Arup is likely to carry the lion's share.

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