NZ2362 : Underneath the 'Rocket'

taken 12 years ago, near to Dunston, Gateshead, Great Britain

Underneath the 'Rocket'
Underneath the 'Rocket'
Derwent Tower is a 29-storey, late 1960s, residential tower block known locally as the 'Dunston Rocket'. It was designed by the architect, Rodney Gordon LinkExternal link working for the Owen Luder Partnership, originally as part of a three block design. However, problems due to underlying mine shafts which led to its unique design, meant that only one tower was built, the series of maisonettes surrounding it were removed in 1983. The Derwent Tower is said to be in the concrete 'Brutalist' style with design similarities to Gateshead's 'Get Carter' car park NZ2563 : Trinity square car park (Get Carter) by the same architect LinkExternal link
Problems with the block led to the residents being rehoused in 2007, and, as it failed to gain Listed Status in 2009, not helped by the absence of local support, now awaits demolition, as indeed, does the car park.
Unlike Get Carter, the only claim to cinematic fame of the Rocket was an advert for Tudor Crisps in the 1970s and 80s which can be seen here LinkExternal link
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Peter McDermott recorded the end point of its demolition in 2012 here NZ2362 : Derwent Tower

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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 16 January, 2010
Buildings > Towerblocks   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2318 6200 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.1268N 1:38.3764W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2319 6198
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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