NZ2464 : Northumberland Road

taken 8 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

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Northumberland Road
Northumberland Road
The road meets a dead-end at Northumberland Street which is now pedestrianised. On the left is the BHS block (originally also C&A) built in 1976. The wall murals NZ2464 : 'Newcastle Through The Ages', Northumberland Road can be seen on the lower wall.
The building was designed to have a first floor level walkway along the side wall (fitting onto the visible bosses of the outer columns) which would have connected up with the new City Centre pedestrian system. The upper part of the columns suggest that a roof to the walkway may also have been planned. Round the corner on Northumberland Street, the part of the same building that is now occupied by Primark has an upper floor shop window at the same level NZ2464 : Primark, Northumberland Street
Two level toon :: NZ2564
A 1960s vision for Newcastle City Centre to separate traffic from pedestrians by creating a network of concrete walkways above access roads and traffic routes of the existing streets.
Geography reverses the situation somewhat at the Swan House roundabout which merges traffic coming off the Tyne Bridge with that from the Central Motorway and the City Centre. Here pedestrians are moved below the roads in subways but emerge again above the deep valley of Side under the Tyne Bridge.
The vision would have included Northumberland Street (where some new stores were built with shop windows at what is now first floor level), and further, but eventually money ran out and it was realised that too much of architectural merit would have to be sacrificed.
The development of the city in the 1960s and 1970s was marred by a corruption scandal involving a local politician, T. Dan Smith (aka 'The Mouth of the Tyne), and John Poulson, a property developer. Echoes of the scandal were revisited in the late 1990s in the BBC TV mini-series, 'Our Friends in the North' LinkExternal link
The 'streets in the sky' concept is explained in the Urban Translation Tour LinkExternal link
Plans of this and other Newcastle developments are discussed here LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2490 6474 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.5992N 1:36.7509W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2495 6475
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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