NZ2363 : Cruddas Park

taken 8 years ago, near to Dunston, Gateshead, Great Britain

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Cruddas Park
Cruddas Park
The Cruddas Park flats are at last being renovated. It was either that or total demolition which was also on the agenda for a while. Wimpey's original 1960's style (a Swedish modular system) can be seen on the nearby block. The block in the distance, 'The Sycamores', is more or less finished (at least externally), while the block on the left, 'The Hawthorns', is being worked on now.
Cruddas Park
Cruddas Park NZ2363 : Cruddas Park was named after George Cruddas who was a Director of the Armstrong armament works on Scotswood Road and lived nearby in Dene House. The high rises of Cruddas Park were part of T. Dan Smith's 1960's development, 'City in the Sky', famously used in the BBC series, 'Our Friends in the North', LinkExternal link
There is an aerial photo taken just after completion of Cruddas Park in 31st July 1963 here LinkExternal link
The story of Cruddas Park can be read here LinkExternal link
The multi-million pound renovation of the blocks (to be named Riverside Dene) in 2009-2012 is outlined here LinkExternal link
Cruddas Park is one of the areas featured in a Newcastle upon Tyne residential areas case study on Kay's Geography site LinkExternal link

Chronicle News (May 3rd 2010) 'New Cruddas Park homes are a towering success' LinkExternal link

Chronicle News (June 2nd 2010) 'Families return after Cruddas Park revamp' LinkExternal link

Five of the 10 high-rise blocks (The Poplars, The Willows, The Beeches, Haughton Court and King’s Meadows) are now to be demolished to make way for new homes after private developers pulled out of the scheme.
Chronicle News (October 28th 2010) 'Cruddas Park flats will now be demolished' LinkExternal link

Old Cruddas Park tower now luxury homes
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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 11 March, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2337 6335 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.8541N 1:38.1918W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2326 6337
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