Landmark bridge opens in style
(15 May 2009)
A landmark development linking Durham University’s Queen’s Campus with the North Shore waterfront has been launched with a bang.
The £15 million award winning Infinity Bridge at Stockton-on-Tees was officially opened on the evening of Thursday May 14 with an exciting extravaganza of entertainment, music and fireworks. People from across Tees Valley and the wider North-East were invited to the riverbanks to see the stunning bridge illuminated in all its glory for the first time. The spectacular show of sound and light saw a thrilling one-off performance by free runners, which had been especially commissioned to showcase the footbridge and the ongoing regeneration of the area. The Infinity Bridge is a stunning addition to the area’s skyline, spanning the River Tees and providing a high quality, safe pedestrian link between Queen’s Campus and the North Shore where the University has purchased an option on four acres of land. Almost 2,000 of Durham’s 15,000 students are currently based at Queen’s and about a third of these are mature students. A range of subjects are taught at Queen’s including applied psychology, business and business finance, medicine and primary education. Queen’s also provides people with non-traditional qualifications the chance to study for a degree at Durham University through its Foundation Centre. The bridge development is a partnership between Tees Valley Regeneration and Stockton Borough Council. Funding for the project has come from Stockton Borough Council, One NorthEast, English Partnerships and money from the European Regional Development Fund.