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"Get Carter" Car Park, Gateshead

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"Get Carter" Car Park, Gateshead

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"Get Carter" Car Park, Gateshead

It is a striking and archetypal 60s structure, a local landmark that achieved national fame in the film Get Carter.

Barry Scaum


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This car park is a valuable example of a key period in 20th century architecture. It and buildings like it are not solely responsible for the decline of our town centres; there are broader socio-political and cultural issues to consider. The building is admittedly in a poor state after decades of deliberate underinvestment (a depressingly familiar state of affairs) but is, and always has been, an important part of a fine cityscape, and I know as I lived there for five years. And what will replace it? Tesco stores fall into two camps - crude neo-vernacular and identi-kit faceless modular modern. What is more important to Gateshead is what happens near ground level in the precinct - a mix of shops, some vibrancy - good lighting, landscaping and planting, none of which Tesco are likely to provide. Why could a refurbished car park not sit atop something like this? Instead we will see yet more bland flats full of people who commute into Newcastle every day and a supermarket owned by a huge corporation with no local ties. As for the new additions to the Quayside - the flats around the Baltic are an architectural disaster and it seems that the Sage turns its not inconsiderable behind directly in Gateshead's direction. This debate has been raging for at least fifteen years and I feel that sadly the car park's time has come - mark my words, it will be missed.
Simon Redman

For years the people of Gateshead have had to live with this eyesore in our midst and I for one am thankful that it is finally going to disappear. This area is in dire need of rejuvenation as most Gateshead residents currently feel unsafe in the town centre.

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