Newcastle Haymarket

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Haymarket Hub with parts of Newcastle University and St Thomas' Church in the background

Haymarket is an area in the north of the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The area functions as a public transport hub with Eldon Square bus station, Haymarket bus station and Haymarket Metro station located next to each other.

Although mainly a commercial area, Haymarket features the facades of Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Newcastle Civic Centre. It is also the location of the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, a prominent city centre landmark. The grounds also include various war memorials including The Response, 1914 by Goscombe John, described by Alan Borg, a former Director General of the Imperial War Museum as "one of the finest sculptural ensembles on any British monument.".

The main pedestrianised shopping street in the city, Northumberland Street, meets Haymarket at its northern end.

Recent developments[edit]

Haymarket Metro Station before renovation works began in 2007

Haymarket Metro station has been completely rebuilt, at a cost of £20 million, and was officially reopened by the Princess Royal in 2010. This new development called Haymarket Hub also includes new retail outlets. [1]

In 1999, at a cost of £270,000, a piece of public art consisting of 52 men standing shoulder to shoulder as its name suggests, was installed around the Metro station area of Haymarket, functioning as a fence to section of the heavy traffic from pedestrianised areas. The sculpture incorporated a water feature, which was turned off due to budget constraints.[2] In 2008 the figures were removed and stored on a piece of waste land close to the city centre. Some of the figures were eventually auctioned by the City Council on eBay in 2011.[3]

In addition to the construction of the Haymarket hub, there are developments on the Newcastle University facade towards Haymarket, these are the INTO Newcastle buildings and the Student and Administrative Services Building, which is due for completion in 2010.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Haymarket continues to go up in the world". Nexus. 2008-04-29. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  2. ^ Haymarket Lego men still won’t go quietly, The Journal, Dec 8 2008, accessed on Feb 1 2009
  3. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-northerner/2011/sep/20/newcastle-lego-ray-smith-sculpture
  4. ^ "Student and Administrative Services Building". Newcastle University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17. [dead link]

Coordinates: 54°58′39″N 1°36′50″W / 54.9775°N 1.6139°W / 54.9775; -1.6139