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Luder's Trinity Square faces demolition

The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has lost its battle to save one of Britain's most famous Brutalist masterpieces from the demolition ball.

Owen Luder's Trinity Square car park in Gateshead - made famous in the 1971 gangster film Get Carter - will now be razed to the ground to make way for retail developments including a proposed Tesco superstore.

The landmark building will now go the same way as Luder's Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth which was demolished in 2004. In 2001, BBC Radio 4 listeners voted it the 'most hated' building in the UK.

DLG Architects had been involved with plans for a new development on the Gateshead site (drawn up in 2004) but the Leeds-based practice dropped the scheme as wrangles over the proposed demolition became protracted.

Today, Gateshead Council confirmed that Tesco 'had its own architects on board' but a spokesperson said it was very 'early days'.

C20, which has described the car park as 'a witness of the great era of British Brutalism', was not available for comment.

by Max Thompson

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