Photos of Newcastle

Central Library

The ever so ugly and soon to be now demolished central library. To see photos of the new Central Library under construction click here Central Library Construction.
There is a large amount of these type of buildings in Newcastle which was down to a certain gentleman by the name of T Dan Smith. T.Dan Smith was known as 'Mr Newcastle' in the 1960s. His vision of the city as 'the Brasilia of the North' is now being re-assessed by a new generation of visionaries. Demolition has begun on Westgate House (Click here), another of his schemes, and the plans are through and funding in place to knock down the library and start again.

Examples of his work can be seen on many different pages on this site although I do try to exclude his work where possible but he did build a lot of buildings next to and almost on top of some of Newcastles finest buildings. He was also responsible for demolishing a handful of fine buildings to make way for his scheme.


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Central Library




The demolition has begun. Keep checking back for the latest photos.


Central Library Demolition        Central Library Demolition


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Central Library Demolition        Central Library Demolition


Central Library Demolition        Central Library Demolition


Central Library Demolition        Central Library Demolition


Central Library Demolition        Central Library Demolition


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Central Library Demolition


A time-lapse video of the demolition that I found on LiveLeak.





Here is a short video showing the first phase of the demolition.





And here is a photographic slideshow of the demolition of the library from beginning to end made up of photos taken by me.



Keep checking back for regular photos of the new library building which I will post as it grows.

More information
Plans for £40m library published
History – off the shelf
A vision of the future. An artists impression of how it will look when rebuilt.
BBC Inside Out - T.Dan Smith
Wikipedia - T.Dan Smith
Newcastle City Library Webcam. Updated every 5 minutes during the demolition.




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very cheap and shallow comments about T Dan Smith - he did a lot of good work for the northeast. At least he tried to change things unlike the author of these notes who has done and will do nothing of any note.

ILuvNUFC said...

Ooh, bitchy. No wonder he done so much for Newcastle when his firm was getting loads of work from it all.

Hmm, politics and convictions apart I just don't like the style of the buildings plain and simple.