Former Gateshead car park in the can

Posted on by John Cronin

Pieces of concrete from a demolished multi-storey car park in Tyneside that was featured in the cult ‘Get Carter’ film are being sold in cans as a memento.

car park tinThe former 1960’s car park stood on the site of the forthcoming Trinity Square mixed-use development and Gateshead Council has produced a limited number of the ‘concrete in a tin’ souvenirs (pictured) for fans of the film. Each tin comes with a piece of the car park and a certificate signed by its architect Owen Luder.

Trinity Square is a £150m, large-scale redevelopment in the centre of Gateshead consisting of retail units, student accommodation, offices, car parking and public realm improvements. The developers behind the scheme are Spenhill, a property regeneration subsidiary of retail giant Tesco. A new, replacement supermarket is also being constructed. Gateshead Council granted planning permission (subject to condition) last November and the development is expected to start this Spring.

The mixed-use development, designed by 3DReid includes approximately 38,000 sq ft of speculative office accommodation. The offices are being built in a new 28m tall tower on the corner of the redevelopment site. The office block had to be redesigned to have coloured, exterior elevation panels after the planning committee raised concerns about the “bland appearance” of some of the new buildings in the development. The tower will incorporate an internal illumination system to create a glow which will provide vertical emphasis.

A completion date of late 2012 has been given for the construction of the offices. Marketing agent arrangements and indicative rental prices have not yet been published.

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