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.
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.  It was nominated for the Carbuncle Cup in 2010.
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. 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.
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 opened in 2010.
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