Tyne Bridge listed status upgraded during Great Exhibition Of The North to celebrate its importance

Image of Tyne Bridge
Tyne Bridge listed status upgraded to celebrate its importance

The Tyne Bridge has been upgraded to Grade II* listed today (Thursday 23 August)  by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

The iconic bridge which spans the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead has received the upgrade to celebrate its importance.

Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council said: “The Tyne Bridge is undoubtedly the most iconic image of the North East. It is recognised internationally and conjures up passionate feelings of home for all Geordies.

“We are a city that makes history and shapes the future and our Tyne Bridge truly symbolises this.

“We are delighted that the bridge has received this well-deserved recognition which is a testament to its legacy and importance to future generations.”

The bridge which was constructed in 1925, was a prototype for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and was built using shipbuilding techniques by local shipyard workers.

Veronica Fiorato, Historic England’s Listing Team Leader in the North said: “The Tyne Bridge has long been a symbol of Tyneside and a defining landmark of the North East. Its dramatic design and construction make it a real source of pride for Geordies as well as a representation of the North East’s steely attitude. It fully deserves to be among the 5.5% of structures which are Grade II* listed.”

The New Tyne Bridge of 1928, is listed at Grade II* for the following principal reasons: 

Architectural interest:

* a striking steel arch design, notable as the largest single-span steel arch bridge in Britain at its construction; 

* a scaled-down version of the similar design prepared for Sydney Harbour, Australia with a main arch designed by the eminent civil engineer (Sir) Ralph Freeman;

* the prototype of a method of construction involving progressive cantilevering from both sides of the river using cables, cradles and cranes, developed for Sydney Harbour but tested first at Newcastle; 

* elegant pylons incorporating towers that are well-detailed with both neoclassical and Art Deco influences; 

* recognised world-wide for its dramatic design which has become the potent symbol of the character and industrial pride of Tyneside. 

Historic interest: 

* associated with some of the most distinguished early-C20 civil engineers including Sir Ralph Freeman, designer of some of the world's most impressive bridges, and founder of Freeman Fox & Partners, internationally renowned bridge designers.