Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall and Partners
Newcastle upon Tyne
Perched on massive concrete stilts, the GPO Telecommunications headquarters would come to symbolise the ‘white heat’ of cutting edge technology at the heart of the City Planners Central Development Plan that would reshape Newcastle in mid 1960s. Set at the junction of Mosley Street and Pilgrim Street, the building is designed to cantilever over the roundabout at the first new junction of the city’s Eastern Central Motorway connecting Gateshead to the Universities, new galleries, Civic Centre, Gosforth, and the Town Moor. The tower is formed as a distinctive slab block with long concrete elevations punctured by a grid of openings. The building is cantilevered from ‘legs’ which hold the service cores and circulation, spanning out over the roundabout and roadway.