Eldon Garden shopping centre, Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, 03/07/1989. Shoppers using the escalators in the Rotunda section of the Eldon Garden shopping centre. The Eldon Garden shopping centre was a development of 42 shops over 3 storeys and a 477 space carpark. Laing secured the £11.5m management contract for the construction in 1987 for Greycoat Shopping Plc. Work began in January 1988 and the centre was open to the public from March 1989 and officially open by Princess Margaret in November 1989. The development had to incorporate the existing pub, now called the Three Bulls Heads. The pub was underpinned and supported whilst its roof was removed and rebuilt so that it was structurally independent of the shopping centre. The Rotunda is roofed by a glazed dome and connected the two main shopping levels with the gourmet food hall on the ground floor. Eldon Garden is linked to the Eldon Square shopping centre by a 2 storey glazed mall that bridges Percy Street, this had to be constructed overnight when the road could be closed.
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