City in the Sky - 1960's vision for Newcastle


1968 proposal for HaymarketIn the 1960's and early 1970's the 'city in the sky' vision was to separate out traffic from pedestrians. With increasing car ownership, towns and cities were becoming dominated by traffic and there was growing awareness of the associated pollution. The idea was that people would be able move around the city on an 'upper deck' level, with traffic moving below on a 'lower deck'. Examples of this implementation are the walkways above John Dobson Street. Some of the developments were done as part of T Dan Smith's vision for modernising Newcastle, when he was leader of Newcastle City Council. Many of the developments weren't realised - sparing many of the 19th century buildings in Newcastle city centre from potential demolition. 
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Walkways from New Bridge Street

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017415:John Dobson Street Newcastle upon Tyne City Engineers 1969

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Newcastle "As it might have been" . . .
- "here are a LOT of things that can go into a thread about "Newcastle as it might have been" or "The Newcastle that never was" . . . call it what you like ...

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061889:John Dobson Street Newcastle upon Tyne Ermel Trevor 1995

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Swan House

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Central Motorway

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Newcastle: Cruddas Park House

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Clumber Street, Cruddas Park

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Westgate House

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Westgate House

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020226:Civic Centre Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Signey James 1969

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015261:Civic Centre Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Signey James 1966

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043537:Haymarket (proposed Barras Bridge area) Newcastle upon Tyne City Engineers 1968

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021559:Princess Square Central Newcastle Upon Tyne 1971

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021537:Princess Square Newcastle Upon Tyne 1972

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064280:Central Library Princess Square Newcastle upon Tyne City Engineers c.1980

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Newcastle Central Library

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054576:Central Library Princess Square Newcastle upon Tyne Signey James 1967

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050143:Central Library New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne Thompson and Lee c.1910

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021157:New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne Signey J. 1971

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020310:New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne Signey J. 1970

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T. Dan Smith
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T. Dan Smith
- Overview About T. Dan Smith T. Dan Smith was a prominent figure in the Labour Party in the North East and leader of Newcastle City Council from 1960 to 1965. ...
Royal Arcade, Newcastle (demolished 1963)
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Royal Arcade, Newcastle (demolished 1963)
- The Royal Arcade on Pilgrim Street was designed by John Dobson and built between June 1831 and May 1832 by Richard Grainger. It was originally planned it as a corn ...
55 Degrees North (Swan House)
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55 Degrees North (Swan House)
- Overview Map Street View 55 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. ...
Westgate House (1972-2006)
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Westgate House (1972-2006)
- Westgate House was 12 storey office block on Westgate Road opposite Central Station. This 'Brutalist' building was completed in 1972. The building was purchased by One North East in association ...
Civic Centre, Newcastle
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Civic Centre, Newcastle
- Overview About the Civic Centre Map Street View The Civic Centre is the main administrative centre for Newcastle City Council located by Barras Bridge and St Mary's Place, next to St ...
1960s
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1960s
- 1960-1969. Can you contribute to the North East England 1960s Timeline?
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Urban Translation Tour
- "Urban Translation is an alternative tour of Newcastle. It was devised and developed for Design Event in 2007 through a collaboration between Northern Architecture, writer Carol McGuigan, urban designer Tony ...

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060951:John Dobson Street Newcastle upon Tyne Ermel Trevor 1995

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042204:John Dobson Street Newcastle upon Tyne City Engineers 1969

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Killingworth Towers
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Killingworth Towers
- Killingworth Towers were built in the early 1970's with a well-intentioned 'streets in the sky' approach with 'decks' above the roads designed to provide social space and safe walking above ...
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061287:John Dobson Street Newcastle upon Tyne; Trevor Ermel; 1995

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Artists impression of Newcastle Haymarket

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