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July 15 2010

Tesco submit plans for ‘Get Carter’ car park
A car park which has dominated Gateshead town centre for 40 years will soon be history after supermarket giant Tesco submitted plans to redevelop the site as a mixed use plaza.

Dubbed Trinity Square the £150m development designed by architects 3DReid will provide 45 shops, 38,000 sq/ft of offices, a near 1,000 bed student village, parking, Tesco Extra and the “potential” for a 120 bed hotel.

The new square will be integrated into the existing town centre via enhanced pedestrian links.

Demolition work is expected to recommence on July 26 as a giant “nibbling machine” is set to work, munching away at the Owen Luder designed brutalist landmark in an eight week feast.

Gateshead Council leader, Mick Henry, said of the existing car park: “…it has been a huge talking point and a great location for filming and photography. We all recognise its architectural style, whether loved or hated, but we’ve long awaited the opportunity to redevelop the town centre to better suit the needs and expectations of people who live and work here.”

Trinity Square car park was previously nominated in the Rubble Club’s “Best Demolished Building Awards.”
Having split opinion for forty years the landmark car park will soon be levelled
Having split opinion for forty years the landmark car park will soon be levelled
Tesco will be hoping a similar fate does not befall their replacement
Tesco will be hoping a similar fate does not befall their replacement

3 Comments

Tom Hewitt
#1 Posted by Tom Hewitt on 15 Jul 2010 at 16:50 PM
Its a really horrible car park, it dominates the skyline and makes a very negative statement about the area and the highlights the historicaly misguided priority of the car over the quality of urban environment. What does it contribute to the environment in Gateshead currently?
Carter
#2 Posted by Carter on 15 Jul 2010 at 19:08 PM
It's a wonderful piece of architecture and should have been listed. Look at the anyplace stuff which is to replace it! Typical of Gateshead Council.
SAndals
#3 Posted by SAndals on 2 Aug 2010 at 16:12 PM
It's a big car park - but it's out of shape....for Tesco it's a full time occupation.

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