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Luder's Get Carter car park saved from bulldozers - for now

The demolition of Owen Luder’s Get Carter car park in Gateshead, which began in March 2009, has now officially stopped

Gateshead Council and Tesco are still trying to thrash out a deal over a proposed new supermarket scheme designed by 3DReid for the site, leaving the landmark brutalist structure part-demolished.

So far only the lower-level shopping centre of Luder’s 1960s Trinity Square car park has been pulled down.

Speaking to the AJ, Luder said: ‘Having started demolition of the car park is still standing. As 30’s comedian Stan Laurel would say to Harvey “that’s another fine mess you have got us into”.

‘Gateshead still has its front teeth dominating the skyline.’

In response a spokesman for the local authority said: ‘We are still in discussions with Tesco’s development arm, Spenhill about proposals for the former Trinity Square Shopping Centre site.

‘This is a complicated development which both sides are determined to get right. We anticipate an application for outline planning permission in the not-too-distant future.’

An exact re-start date is not yet known.


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