Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Bob Giddings*, Sepideh Hajisoltani, James Charlton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Newcastle upon Tyne epitomises a bounded mono-centric compact city, with responsibility for urban design and regeneration lying with the local City Council. In the last few decades associated with gradual investment into vacant sites, and underused or undervalued buildings, change in the city centre has been incremental, a process now at odds with the pressures to be more transformative. Achieving this shift in the scale of change raises, however, new tensions, and typifies how adjustments have often to be cast within terms of “innovation”, transformation, or renaissance to be politically and financially attractive. Tensions lie between the desire to attract external capital investment, accompanied by organisations disconnected from the city, and the aim to be more inclusive in the design of the city centre to ensure it works for residents, citizens, and the urban region. In turn, this raises a fundamental question about for whom the city centre is being re-developed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of the City Centre
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives
EditorsBob Giddings, Robert J Rogerson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781000820980, 9781003141198
ISBN (Print)9780367692759
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022

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