The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East is recognising two significant engineering projects in the region to mark its 125th anniversary.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tees Barrage have been presented with commemorative ICE 125 plaques, in celebration of the 125 years since the Institution was established in the region.

ICE North East members were asked to vote for the projects they believe have had a positive impact on the region, based on their engineering technical excellence, public benefit, sustainability and influence on raising the profile of civil engineering.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tees Barrage were unanimously selected as the top two projects by ICE North East, as part of its prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards, which recognise engineering excellence across the region.

Penny Marshall, ICE Regional Director in the North East, said: “It is an important period in the Institution’s rich history as we gear up for our bicentenary, and it is equally important to recognise the impact key landmarks have had on the North East. There are many projects and structures throughout the region that have contributed a great to deal to the region’s infrastructure and people’s everyday lives in the region.

“The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is an iconic structure that has benefited the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside economy, and has become a symbol of Tyneside, while Tees Barrage has equally boosted its area’s economy as it has facilitated the regeneration of the adjacent land for amenity, leisure, educational and commercial uses. Both are excellent schemes and were the two resounding selections from our members.”