Historic Market to Modern Master Plan



Historic Market to Modern Master Plan, should Grainger Market be redeveloped?

An article about a project by students from Newcastle University


Published 26 July 2015 | By John Harvey



With the tide of glass sheeting and overly priced cocktail bars littering Grainger's Newcastle, the inevitable question arises, what to do with the Market?

Newcastle University Architecture students have attempted to hypothetically answer this question, balancing the historic architecture with the modern commercial demands of an increasingly gentrified city.  Should Grainger Market continue to resist commercialised interests, and risk losing out to Eldon Square-type monoliths?  Or should it embrace the modern shopping experiences, and instead risk losing it's nostalgic character?

It is debatable whether there even is an answer to this question, however answer it we must.  With topics ranging from a bridge connecting Grainger and Eldon (Ellie Gair), a complete revamp of the interior spaces (Vishal Mandaliya), or even turning parts of Grainger Market into an open air city garden (Joanna Lindley).

One thing is certain, any revamp, restoration, or restructuring of Grainger market is bound to cause controversy.  However if we listen to the community, and ignore the T Dan Smiths of today, Newcastle should survive it.




This article has been written by John Harvey about a project by students from Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape for a degree show.  The project imagines how an altered Grainger Market of the future may one day look.  You can read more about the project here.


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You can find out more about the project by clicking here.

Photographs courtesy of John Harvey