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    Like a smack in the face in concrete form, the infamous "Dunston Rocket" in Gateshead sits awaiting it's fate, now empty...

    Designed by Owen Luder who also designed the "Get Carter" car park nearby.

    Short and sweet (there's only so many angles you can get a picture of a tower block from) - note the plastic windows on the lower floors.

















    And here is the response from some geezer at the Council when I sent them a message asking if I could get inside (shy bairns get nowt!)

    Hello Mick,

    Thanks for your email. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer access to Derwent Tower because of its fairly parlous state. The stairs have been closed off and of the two lifts servicing the building one has broken down and the other has not been serviced or maintained for around 2 years. From an insurance point of view (not to mention our reputation!) its a non-starter I'm afraid.

    Unless you want to spend the night swinging 400 feet up a creaking lift shaft in the dark whilst the fire brigade try to figure out a way of getting you down!

    Nice pics, by the way. Have a look at some of mine of that other well-known local landmark...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/iainlyn...7607027117618/

    Sorry we can't help, best wishes,

    Iain Lynn
    Communications Officer
    Chief Executives Office,
    Gateshead Council,
    Civic Centre,
    GATESHEAD NE8 1HH

    Phone: (0191) 433 2072
    Fax: (0191) 477 5154
    www.gateshead.gov.uk
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    shame you couldn't get in :(

    very nice photos though.

    Shakey
    Rail fan & Amateur Film Maker

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    I have to say, apart from the splendid photos there mate, that is quite a polite and reasonable answer from the council fella, and it seems he also appreciates building design! Fair play for asking though.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45100355@N04/

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    The last time I asked the council about a site I never got a response...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TK421 View Post
    I have to say, apart from the splendid photos there mate, that is quite a polite and reasonable answer from the council fella, and it seems he also appreciates building design! Fair play for asking though.
    Yes, makes a nice change to get such a response from a Council...I could have gone back and said I only wanted to go on the ground floor, so lifts and stairs wouldn't be an issue, but I suspect either way insurance and "elf & safety" regulations mean no chance.
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    Hi Did anyone ever live here or was this just another poorly constructed boondoggle Thanks for the lovely pics Rose

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    It's about time they were pulled down. They have been an eye sore since they were built and they even won a design award. I'd like to know where they rehoused all the chav's that lived in there though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose60 View Post
    Hi Did anyone ever live here or was this just another poorly constructed boondoggle Thanks for the lovely pics Rose
    Rose, it was lived in until very recently when the Council decided to move everyone out due to ongoing damp/water/lift problems.

    I understand at the time of closure, there were literally only a dozen or so tenants still there.
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