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Bridge Scoops Design Honor

A unique bridge coated with Akzo Nobel products has been awarded an architectural "Oscar" after beating off stiff competition.

A unique bridge coated with Akzo Nobel products has scooped a major award after judges described it as “an heroic piece of construction and engineering.”

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the UK beat off stiff competition to win the 2002 RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The bridge—which opens and closes like a blinking eye and is the world’s only tilting bridge—was built at a cost of EUR 35 million and was the bookies’ favorite to claim the UK’s premier architectural award.

More than 12,500 liters of paint were supplied by Akzo Nobel’s International® Protective Coatings business to cover the structure, which provides a pedestrian link over the River Tyne between the north east cities of Newcastle and Gateshead.

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen as part of her 2002 Golden Jubilee Tour of Britain, the bridge weighs 850 tons and takes four minutes to open fully to allow river traffic to pass underneath.

(Released: December 31, 2002)