Demolition work has begun at the Gateshead multi-storey car park which appeared in the iconic film Get Carter.
The 1960s Brutalist structure is being pulled down under plans to create shops and a student village.
The scheme is being delivered by Spenhill, Tesco’s regeneration subsidiary.
Owen Luder, the car park’s architect, was on site to watch the bulldozers move in on his creation.
Mr Luder was making a final visit to the structure’s extraordinary rooftop box, built 124ft up as a nightclub with stunning views across Tyneside, but never used.
He said it was a sad day and that Gateshead was losing its ‘front teeth’.
Mr Luder added he thought the car park should be kept and the shops below it revamped.
‘It was allowed to deteriorate, it obviously looks an eyesore. In fact it could be renovated,’ he said.
‘The sad thing is of course that in 20 or 30 years time when they in fact are going to demolish what is going to be built now, there won’t be interviews on that.’
Mr Luder, whose other Gateshead Brutalist building, the Dunston ‘rocket’ tower block, is also facing demolition, rejects Gateshead Council’s assertion that the car park’s declining structural condition makes repair unrealistic.
Seen by many as an eyesore it was made famous by the cult gangster film - which starred Michael Caine.