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Gateshead Indoor Market / Trinity Centre | by Richard Hook
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Gateshead Indoor Market / Trinity Centre

 

Gatesheads Trinity Square car park (known by many as the Get Carter Car Park or Gateshead Multi Storey Car Park) was built from designs by Owen Luder (subsequently RIBA President) and opened in 1967, five years on from the drawing board. The building towers above Gateshead town centre (being the tallest building in the town centre by quite a margin). The car park is an example of the Brutalist style of architecture (raw exposed concrete defining the character of the building and its exterior). The top floor of the building featured a space for a cafe-bar with views of Gateshead and Newcastle however, it was never used. By the time the car park was constructed, its design was already out of date and unfashionable. Its outdoor shopping precinct quickly became outdated with shoppers preferring indoor precincts. Rather than becoming the centre of its community public opinion has called for its demolition (the building was listed in Britains top 10 worst buildings) and the car park is instead famous for the role it plays in the 1971 gangster movie "Get Carter". Following decades of deterioration the decision was made to demolish the car park structure, the indoor market that lies below and associated properties on High Street, Ellison Street and the adjacent Trinity Square, allowing for a new city centre development.

 

In 2008, following an extensive pre-tender interview process and a successful tender submission Thompsons were appointed to conduct enablement works with the removal of asbestos and the soft strip of fittings and fixtures from properties along Ellison Street. Prior to Christmas of 2008 Thompsons were given the green light to commence the full demolition package. Works have commenced on the low level shops along Ellison Street and will progress into Trinity Square and along High Street. Demolitions will then progress to the multi-storey car park structure itself. Thompsons newly acquired Komatsu 750 super high reach 360o excavator machine will assist our Caterpillar 350 high reach machine to demolish the car park, working top to bottom in a pre-determined sequence.

    

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Taken on September 16, 2009