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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #21
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Did you manage to talk to him?
No I didn't, he got into his car just after I got there. I remember exchanging letters with him in the old days of "Shoot" when he presented it. I think I was complaining about the standard of Tyne Tees football coverage! He was very polite in his replies, perhaps more than I was in my letters to Tyne Tees, back then!!

He looked a bit sad today though.
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No I didn't, he got into his car just after I got there. I remember exchanging letters with him in the old days of "Shoot" when he presented it. I think I was complaining about the standard of Tyne Tees football coverage! He was very polite in his replies, perhaps more than I was in my letters to Tyne Tees, back then!!

He looked a bit sad today though.
I can imagine, very sad indeed. There'd have been many a show he filmed there over the years.
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Old February 21st, 2010, 05:14 PM   #23
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Demolition update .. sad times indeed

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Does anyone know of any other demolition specialists in the North East other than Thompsons of Prudhoe?! Fair play to them, they've cornered the market, but I never seem to see anyone else ever doing demolitions.

As for the Tyne Tees studio, it is a shame, but it's a much bigger site than I thought. Don't get me wrong, judging by a lot of the stuff built there recently they'lll put up something awful in its place, but it will at least be a huge amount of awful.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 07:50 PM   #25
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Consigned to HISTORY . . .




But of course, it is not just the building, that we have LOST!
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 05:37 PM   #26
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Tyne Tees TV Sudios Demolition

It has been very sad to see the demolition of the Tyne Tees TV Studios on City Road. Although they are not of great architectural significance, they were part of the culture of the North East. We were surprised however to see that Egypt Cottage, supposedly one of the oldest public houses in Newcastle has bit the bullet as well. It is an important site and one which requires careful consideration. We want a development of better quality than we have seen on other parts of East Quayside which started off so well at the western end only to be comprimised with the awful grey cladded aparment blocks opposite. I understand that Miller Construction are involved with the new development along with Buccleugh Estates. It will be interesting to see what is proposed.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 06:17 PM   #27
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It has been very sad to see the demolition of the Tyne Tees TV Studios on City Road. Although they are not of great architectural significance, they were part of the culture of the North East. We were surprised however to see that Egypt Cottage, supposedly one of the oldest public houses in Newcastle has bit the bullet as well. It is an important site and one which requires careful consideration. We want a development of better quality than we have seen on other parts of East Quayside which started off so well at the western end only to be comprimised with the awful grey cladded aparment blocks opposite. I understand that Miller Construction are involved with the new development along with Buccleugh Estates. It will be interesting to see what is proposed.
welcome to the forum, and id like to echo your views. This site is a bit like the S&N Brewery - the buildings were fairly poor and had been compromised a great deal, but they were also important for what happened inside their walls. Also, due to the size of the developments, it wouldve been better to at least incorporate some sections of the history, if only to provide a counterpoint and different grain to the inevitable modernity that will subsequently arrive. BTW, judging from your user name, are you representing the northumberland and newcastle society?
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Old March 4th, 2010, 07:22 AM   #28
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Tube’s famous glass tunnel bulldozed
Mar 4 2010 by Sara Nichol, Evening Chronicle


IT WAS the feature that gave the name to the one of the biggest music shows in TV history.

But now this arch is all that’s left standing of the famous tunnel at the former Tyne Tees TV studios, which gave hit 80s music show The Tube its title.

The rest of the iconic white building, which stood on Newcastle’s City Road, is now a mound of rubble as demolition work nears completion.

The Tube, fronted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates, was named after the plexiglass tunnel which led down into studio five where stars including Tina Turner, U2, INXS, REM and Culture Club appeared between 1982 and 1987.

Although it has now been bulldozed, the blue metal arch at the entrance was yesterday still standing.




And the iconic Tyneside pub The Egypt Cottage, which was sandwiched in between the two halves of the old Tyne Tees TV building and was also made famous by the show, has also been demolished, with only a couple of windows remaining.



The studios, which opened in 1959, pumped out a nightly regional news programme fronted by familiar names such as Paul Frost, Bill Steel, Mike Neville and Pam Royle.

But the studios also found fame at a national level with a whole range of programmes being produced on site for UK wide broadcast.

Some of the most memorable children’s TV and gameshows of the 80s and early 90s were filmed at City Road.

Among them were Razzamataz, Supergran, Chain Letters, presented by Jeremy Beadle and Dave Spikey, and Crosswits with Tom O’Connor.

Apart from the live shows, the studios also earned Tyne Tees a reputation for quality drama including many adaptations of Catherine Cookson novels.

Some of the links forged by people at Tyne Tees are still producing quality programmes today.

TV’s Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers met and became friends at the adjoining pub The Egypt Cottage in between filming a Cookson feature.

Demolition company Thompsons of Prudhoe are carrying out the work. Staff have been on site since November slowly stripping the internal fixtures and walls and removing asbestos.

Apart from the studio building being demolished, the car park has also be removed and the land is set to be restored for future development.

The City Road studios were originally bought by Tyne Tees when they were two furniture warehouses, converting them into a studio and office complex.

The location was chosen because of its proximity to the telephone exchange in Carliol Square. Television signals were relayed by land-line from the studios to the switching centre; a distance between the studios and the exchange greater than one mile would have significantly increased the cost of receiving the networked programmes from the other ITV stations.

The complex initially contained four studios, with a fifth built in 1981 to accommodate productions for Channel 4. The Egypt Cottage and the Rose & Crown, which has now closed, became affectionately known as Studio 5 because of the amount of time that the station's staff spent in them.

The Tube was dropped in 1987 as a result of falling audience figures and an incident involving Jools Holland, who cursed during a live trailer.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #29
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It has been very sad to see the demolition of the Tyne Tees TV Studios on City Road. Although they are not of great architectural significance, they were part of the culture of the North East. We were surprised however to see that Egypt Cottage, supposedly one of the oldest public houses in Newcastle has bit the bullet as well. It is an important site and one which requires careful consideration. We want a development of better quality than we have seen on other parts of East Quayside which started off so well at the western end only to be comprimised with the awful grey cladded aparment blocks opposite. I understand that Miller Construction are involved with the new development along with Buccleugh Estates. It will be interesting to see what is proposed.
Welcome to the forum! I agree, this site really needs something of high architectural quality. I do have a feeling it will end up as student accomodation though. It seems to be a very popular choice around this area!
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Welcome to the forum! I agree, this site really needs something of high architectural quality. I do have a feeling it will end up as student accomodation though. It seems to be a very popular choice around this area!
could see that round the rear of the site, definitely. i can see offices/hotel at the city road side though.
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could see that round the rear of the site, definitely. i can see offices/hotel at the city road side though.
Yes it really does need to be mixed use and I think the potential for a hotel is high. However I'd like to see offices to try and be focused on East Pilgrim Street now.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 12:51 PM   #32
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I'd be very, very surprised if anything of architectural quality was built on the site. The surrounding new construction hardly suggests otherwise.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #33
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Two photos from the 'Buccleuch' website, one large one very small!

The first one shows the extent of the area of the cleared derelict building that they are to develop . .


Why have they knocked down the "world famous Tyne-tees studios". Site of the greatest ever live music TV show The Tube? Thats like knocking the 'Cavern down in Liverpool

The Egypt Cottage was one of the few great Newcastle pubs
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Why have they knocked down the "world famous Tyne-tees studios". Site of the greatest ever live music TV show The Tube? Thats like knocking the 'Cavern down in Liverpool

The Egypt Cottage was one of the few great Newcastle pubs
Absolute beggars belief. Crying shame about the Egypt Cottage also. Was such a great pub. Another chapter of Newcastle history erased by Prudhoe Demolition
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When you look at that image you realise just how large the site is- it really has to be mixed use.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #36
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Why have they knocked down the "world famous Tyne-tees studios".
It's only a guess, but I'd say the reason is precisely because it was a famous building.

If you have a building with architectural or cultural value and you approach the council wanting to replace it with a pretty ugly development, they'll tell you that it's not good enough to replace said famous/valued building.

However if you knock the building down first, the council have no bargaining chip to stop you submitting plans for something rubbish/oversized...

Think about it - there surely has to be a reason why they're not offering potential developers the existing building? The developers might not want it, but there's always a chance that they do, so why knock down something you could profit from until you know for certain?
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In keeping with the thread title ...

Demolition update 07/03/2010 !!
I think the whole site could be razed this time next week

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Old March 7th, 2010, 06:29 PM   #38
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levelling the egypt cottage seems a bit gratuitous. it wouldve been a nice historic anchor for the site suggesting its uses further back in time, and could've provided some interesting juxtaposition as new buildings were built around or even on top of it.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #39
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Crying shame to see Egypt Cottage go, whilst I cant say I was exactly a regular in there I did visit on a few occassions over the years
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I think my parents met in the Egypt Cottage.
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