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Bridge Claims 20th Award

A unique bridge coated with products supplied by Akzo Nobel has won its 20th award, four years after it was completed.

A unique bridge coated with products supplied by Akzo Nobel has won its 20th award, four years after it was completed.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the UK—which is covered with protective coatings supplied by the company’s International Paint business, has scooped the distinguished Balthasar Neumann Prize.

This latest award, presented every two years by the League of German Master Builders, Architects and Engineers and German building magazine Deutsche Bauzeitung, means that the bridge is one of the most recognized and acknowledged structures in Europe.

Completed in 2000, the 850 ton structure has a total coated surface area of 12,000 square meters (129,100ft) and is protected by a 12,500 liter coating system which includes International’s Interzone 505 and Interthane 990 products.

The EUR 35 million bridge—which provides a pedestrian link over the River Tyne between the north east cities of Newcastle and Gateshead—opens and closes like a blinking eye and is the world’s only tilting bridge.

It uses a tilting mechanism to rotate upwards and takes four minutes to open fully to allow river traffic to pass underneath.

Officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002, the bridge appears white with a hint of blue during the day, but at night it is transformed by a state-of-the-art lighting system which creates multi-colored lighting effects.

(Released: February 14, 2005)

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