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04 July 2016


Visited Durham and was looking for Denelm House, spotted an elderly 'Durham Guide' & asked her where the concrete buildings were...

"Go up that way, it's like Soviet Russia round there"

Built by Ove Arup in 1963, Dunelm House & the adjacent Kingsgate Footbridge are certainly in contrast to most of the other buildings around the city. 

Photos below & click here for more on the excellent 'Something Concrete and Modern' website.  

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Kingsgate Footbridge...

[ From Wikipedia

Kingsgate Bridge is a striking, modern reinforced concrete construction footbridge across the River Wear, in Durham, England. It is a Grade I listed building. It was personally designed in 1963 by Sir Ove Arup, connecting Bow Lane on the historic peninsula in the centre of Durham to Dunelm House on New Elvet (to which building Arup's studio also contributed), and opened in 1966. Kingsgate Bridge is thought to have been one of Arup's favourite designs of all, he having spent many hours working on every detail of the plans. 

Its construction was unusual. The two halves were each built parallel to the river, then rotated through 90° to make the crossing [ see video below]. The meeting point of the two halves is marked by a simple bronze expansion joint.

In 1965, the bridge was the winner of the Civic Trust Award.

In 1993 Kingsgate Footbridge also won the Mature Concrete Structures Award.

More Durham concrete here...