that actually was a proposal for the Gate when it was first proposed. glad it didnt happen. i think newcastle has too much interior mall space as it is, and rather than adding more, cutting out streets for elevated walkways, we shuold be bringing some down and restoring open air streets. hopefully ESS will be the last of its kind.The last few days I have been thinking about what if Eldon Square bought the Gate and created a bridge over to the gate via debenhams. Ofcourse it would greatly increase the over all size of ES, and add on if ES bought out Eldon Gardens then surely it would become the biggest shopping/liesure centre in the UK.
So reading this is kind of interesting to me.
Would you have been in favour of this bridge Chris? Do you not think these (obviously not originally there) type of bridges, really 'cut up' and damage the streetscape?"A Bridge Too Far" (in MY opinion).
Does anyone remember this 1993 plan?
Thankfully, we are covering this planned bridge on the 'As it might have been' thread, as I think that another bridge across one of our City Centre streets (Newgate Street in this case) would have been one too many. I think there are already too many, actually!
One point in its favour though, is that "perhaps" this bridge may have saved the Co-op Department Store from closing, by (effectively) making it part of Eldon Square?
You never know!
I've always thought that Percy st is terribly 'closed in' with the Eldon Garden bridge. however, that bridge in Manchester is a bloody monstrosity ...
I am just presenting the facts of a very interesting major "as it might have been" proposal!!Greedy capitalist plays 'Geordie Nation' card in bid to get his hands on valuable public open space for coppers; has some success in gaining support from craven and/or corrupt councillors and senior Freemen; gets arse kicked for his pains. Pisses off to Spain and sells club to an even dodgier character. Fin.