Shooting Get Carter on Tyneside
Love it or hate it?
In April 2008 the public were given one last chance to visit the top levels of Gateshead's infamous multistorey 'Get Carter' car park, which is soon to be demolished.
It's official. The Gateshead "Get Carter" car park is going to be demolished.
The car park, which became famous when it was featured in the classic Michael Caine gangster movie Get Carter, has attracted both critics and fans over the years.
While some regard it as an eyesore, others – thanks to the film - see it as an iconic structure, which should be preserved.
The car park opened in 1969
View from the top
The car park is expected to close to the public on 8 June 2008 in preparation for the demolition, which is part of wider plans for a new development in Trinity Square.
Key changes could include new leisure and community facilities, student accommodation, a supermarket, shops, restaurants and a hotel.
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April 2008, members of the public were given a rare chance to visit the very top levels of the car park as they were opened for one last time.
Take a look at photos taken at the top of the car park:
The restaurant level was never completed
Just under 2,000 people queued up to don a hard hat and walk up to level 13 to sample the amazing views across Newcastle and Gateshead.
People also tried to spot the bits of the car park featured in the cult 70s film and some even took away bits of stone as souvenirs!
When the building was constructed it was envisaged that the top level would become a rooftop restaurant but this plan was never realised.
Although this area was not open to the visitors for safety reasons they could peer up from just underneath the dusty windows to imagine what dining there might have been like.
See what some of the last visitors to the top of the car park had to say:
Lots of people went to take photos
The car park, which was opened in 1969, has always divided opinion - even some of those who visited the top said they were glad it was being demolished.
On woman said of the Brutalist building: "It's of no architectural merit... it's had it's day and it really should go."
But another visitor on the same day said: "I just think it's an amazing piece of architecture, a really amazing building. I think it's a shame that it's going to be knocked down."
Chris Riley, founder of the Get Carter Appreciation Society told BBC Radio Newcastle he wouldn't be too sad to see the car park go.
"It's a bit of a mess now," he said. "It's iconic but I think Gateshead has to be regenerated and it has to go."
So what do you think of the car park? Will you be sad to see it demolished or glad to see it go? Do you think it's an iconic structure or just an eye sore?
Tell us your views and your memories of the area using the comment box below or you can e-mail us:
last updated: 29/04/2008 at 12:20
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Graham Wilkinson, Gateshead
KEN MARTIN - HEXHAM
Steve S, Morpeth