Tyne and Wear,
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Gateshead Millennium Bridge
in tilt mode over the Tyne river to allow boats to pass underneath.
The Sage Music Centre is visible in the background.
(otherwise known as Newcastle-upon-Tyne) is one of England's best
examples of successful lottery-funded regeneration.
has always had a vast amount of green space such as the Town
Moor where cattle can often be seen grazing, but only recently
broke away from the past with some avant-garde accommodation
called 'The Byker Wall' that is now UNESCO listed as
an outstanding example of 20th century architecture, the spectacular
Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the UK's first Biotechnology Village
'The Centre for Life' and the spectacular Angel of the North sculpture just outside the city (see picture below).
Like many English docksides that fell into disrepair towards
the end of last century (London and Liverpool being two other
examples) Newcastle docklands has been redeveloped as a dynamic
and ultra-modern public area loaded with entertainment facilities
as well as a few of the inevitable smart office blocks.
Newcastle town centre - yes! old stuff too!
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the downside a noise survey reported by University College London
in 2007 indicated that Newcastle is the noisiest place in England
with an average decibel rating of 80.4, approximately 'equivalent
to a loud alarm clock ringing in one's ear'. Birmingham was
second, London third (78.5), while the quietest place was Torquay,
Devon in the southwest, at 60.2 decibels.
Black Gate, built in 1247, and St Nicholas' Cathedral on the left, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Angel of the North (artist: Anthony Gormley) on the outskirts of Newcastle/Gateshead. Next, Lake District Pictures.
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