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AXE TO FALL SOON ON 'GET CARTER' CAR PARK.

A TOWN centre landmark made famous in a film will soon be coming down.

Gateshead's 40-year-old multi-storey car park, perched over Trinity Square precinct, is set to be demolished.

Shops at the foot of the concrete structure, which dominates the skyline of the town, have already been bulldozed. The car park, known as the Get Carter car park after featuring in the 1971 film Get Carter, will make way for a long-awaited revamp of the town by Tesco

Designed by Britain's best-known Brutalist architect, Owen Luder, the car park was intended to be the centrepiece of the community when it opened in 1969. But by the time Get Carter was made, the car park's architecture was already out of date and unfashionable.

The shopping precinct became outdated too, with shoppers preferring indoor malls such as Newcastle's Eldon Square or, later, the MetroCentre.

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GOING Demolition work begins on the shops in preparation for pulling down Gateshead's Get Carter car park.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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