Saturday, 19 July 2008
A LAST VISIT TO NEWCASTLE/GATESHEAD'S BRUTALIST CONCRETE CAR PARK, SOON TO BE DEMOLISHED
Built from designs by Owen Luder Partnership 1964-9, the carpark started in the 1971 gangster movie "Get Carter", where a corrupt property developer shows Michael Caine around the empty cafe, and is later thrown off the building to his death. The top floor featured a space for a restaurant, which was never used, and has been empty for almost the whole of the building's life. The car park will be demolished in the next few months, by supermarket chain Tesco to make way for a supermarket, apartments and a cinema.