Basic Site Details

Name: Newcastle Central Library and Laing Art Gallery
City or county: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Country: England
Grid ref:
Notes: approx. 900,000. Part of first stage of Newcastle town centre redevelopment.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Newcastle City Library and Laing Art Gallery  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Library  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1New Bridge Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 310 June 1966 Contract offeredTender accepted from Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd
Item 2 of 38 July 1966 Build/constructionexpected completion date July 1968
Item 3 of 3Between 2006 and 7 Destruction/demolition 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 13(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectA1960s  
Item 2 of 13A Pilcher A1960s job architect, working for Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 3 of 13C M Parks A1960s as assistant to Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 4 of 13H AtkinsArchitectA1960s as assistant to Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 5 of 13Humphrey 'Humph' SharpeArchitectA1960s in office of Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 6 of 13John Hardie GloverArchitectA1960s  
Item 7 of 13Peter Scott FergusonArchitectA1960s  
Item 8 of 13Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson A1960s in association with city architect George Kenyon
Item 9 of 13Thomas Andrew MoranArchitectA1960s as associate in firm of Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 10 of 13Ove Arup & PartnersEngineerA10 June 1966 consultants
Item 11 of 13Reynolds & YoungSurveyorsA10 June 1966 Quantity surveyors
Item 12 of 13Steenson, Varming, Mulcahy & Partners A10 June 1966 consultants
Item 13 of 13Taylor Woodrow Construction LtdBuilderA10 June 1966  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1City Council 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building10 June 1966  p186
Item 2 of 3Building1 July 1966  p105 Image of model included
Item 3 of 3Building28 August 1969  pp35/47 - 35/49 with plans and photos

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010): information on Thomas Andrew Moran's, Humphrey Sharpe's, H Atkins' and A Pilcher's involvement.