55 Degrees North (Swan House)


55 Degrees North55 Degrees North, formerly Swan House, sits above a traffic roundabout at the bottom of Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. Swan House was built 1963-1969 and housed the offices of BT. Controversially the Royal Arcade, designed by John Dobson and built in 1832, was demolished to make way for Swan House and the Central Motorway. The design included pedestrian underpasses under the roundabout, and was a different take on the 1960's 'city in the sky' vision. The building was named after local inventor Joseph Swan (1828 -1914); outside the building there is a sculpture called 'Articulated Opposites' by Raymond Arnott (1969) celebrating the electric light bulb which Swan invented. In 2004, after a major refurbishment, Swan House was renamed 55 Degrees North - transforming perceptions of it as a "1960s concrete monstrosity" into "165 executive flats, shops, bars and restaurants in a Continental-style plaza".

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Swan House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle

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Swan House Roundabout, 19th June 1967

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Swan House

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Swan House residential conversion

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55 Degrees North and Metro Radio studios, Newcastle upon Tyne

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55 Degrees North

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‘Articulated Opposites’, 55 Degrees North

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Central Motorway

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063137: Holy Jesus Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, c1970

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Holy Jesus Hospital and 55 Degrees North

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55 degrees North

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55 Degrees North, Formerly Swan House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

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Newcastle City Centre from the air

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Swan House roundabout and surrounding area, 1977

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Tor135, Pilgrim street, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Pilgrim Street Subway, Newcastle upon Tyne, c1980

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LAVENDER TOWERS

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The A167(M) in Newcastle city centre

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