Bamboo Bridge at SummerTyne

An eighth bridge to be built across the Tyne in Newcastle will be made out of 20 tonnes of bamboo from China. In the year the Tyne Bridge turns 80, a company called Bambuco has been commissioned to create a new landmark structure spanning the river as part of the annual SummerTyne festival.

The completed bridge will then be on show to the public from Fri 18 – Sun 20 July, marking the first weekend of SummerTyne, Newcastle and Gateshead's festival of music and art.

The bridge will reach from the grounds of HMS Calliope in Gateshead across to the Law Courts between the Tyne and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival



A couple of large Panoramas.





A handful of photos from last night. Please excuse the quality as I use a cheap camera and I could'nt take my tripod with me.

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival

Bamboo Bridge over the Tyne for the SummerTyne festival


A slideshow of some of the many photgraphs I've taken taken of the Bamboo Bridge.



More Information:
The Journal - Eighth Tyne bridge that can’t be crossed on foot
Bambuco
SummerTyne festival

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street is the major shopping street in Newcastle. In terms of the cost of rent per square metre, it is the most expensive location in the UK (outside of London) to own a shop.

The street runs from the Haymarket and Civic Centre in the north, towards the Grey's Monument area at the south. It encompasses the entrance to the Eldon Square and Monument Mall shopping centres, and is home to retailers such as HMV, Marks & Spencer, Next, H&M, zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastore) and the flagship Fenwick department store.

South of Blackett Street, Northumberland Street turns into Pilgrim Street which runs to the Tyne Bridge. From the opening of the bridge in 1928 until the opening of Newcastle's Central Motorway (A167(M)) in 1975 Northumberland Street was part of the A1 between London and Edinburgh. It is now pedestrianised.

Up until 1999 the most northerly section of Northumberland Street from Northumberland Road onwards was still open to traffic and a busy bus route. This led to the shops in this part of the street being much less popular than those further south. This section is now pedestrianised in keeping with the remainder of the street. However some electronic maps still show this part as an accessible road.

Description harvested from Wikipedia.


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June 2008

Northumberland Street Statues

The 4 Statues on the above photo are as follows:

Top Left - Thomas Bewick (1755-1828) was an iinternationally renowned artist, wood engraver and ornithologist who spent most of his working life in Newcastle. More here Wikipedia - Thomas Bewick.

Top Right - Sir Henry Percy (1366-1403), who, because of his ferocity in combat, was known as Harry Hotspur. He fought in several campaigns against the Scots and the French. More here Wikipedia - Sir Henry Percy

Bottom Left - Sir John Marley (1590-1673) defended Newcastle against the Scots army in 1644. He also served as the mayor of Newcastle after the Civil War and Restoration.

Bottom Right - Roger Thornton (Died around 1429) rose from rags to riches, making his fortune as a merchant. He later became the mayor of Newcastle 3 times and an MP. More here Wikipedia - Roger Thornton


Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street



December 2013