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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:42 PM   #1
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Alpha Tower | 28fl | 100m | Complete

(there has to be somewhere to post all the fab photos of this plus im sure it will have a refurb oneday)

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Part of ATV development of 1969-73 on site of canal basin. A 28 storey Alpha Tower, hotel and offices by H. George Marsh of Richard Seifert & Partners. A good example of Marsh's dramatic and angular style (cf. Centre Point, London). The tower cranks in the middle and has a Pirelli-style tapered ends. They house the staircases. The window surrounds have tapered sides, and the angles are reflected in the ground floor arches.
Pevsner Guide, Andy Foster, 2005. P.142.


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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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Some of my photos of it.

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:53 PM   #3
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 08:46 PM   #4
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 08:49 PM   #5
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Alpha Tower: Home to some of the most helpful and informative directional signs in Birmingham. If that sign wasn't there, I could quite easily have missed it....

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Look how small the Town Hall looks and then think of V towering 50 more metres above

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Although it states the obvious im sure there are some people who need the obvious pointing out
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 09:19 PM   #7
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When was there ever shopping in the Alpha Tower Plaza?
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 10:28 PM   #8
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Mucking around with PS - the view from Alpha

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Old February 24th, 2008, 01:05 AM   #9
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Cheers CityGent.
A lot of white buildings there. Cube will look good appearing behind Plaza flats.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 01:13 AM   #10
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It's such a great building .Very photogenic .Also a great tower to take photos from ! What more could we ask for !
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Old February 24th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #11
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Last weekend I spotted these which looked a bit Alpha-ish. Seifert designed buildings perhaps?

by London Bridge

[IMG]http://i28.************/28sbwp2.jpg[/IMG]

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Guildhall
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A lot of similarities there .
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Richard Seifert did actually design Centre Point (the first couple of photos) as well as Alpha. I'm unsure about Guildhall though.
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No it's definitely not Centrepoint http://www.archinect.com/images/uplo...nt_WARD_01.jpg

This one was over London Bridge Underground behind the FT building

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Oh yes, it looks quite similar though!
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On from me back in November, And what ever happened to "Alpha Tower Shopping"?

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There was a fire alarm in Alpha a few days ago, a good chance to view the tapered ends of the building.

Basically at each end of the building there is a set of stairs, beyond this there is a door and a metal grille protecting against the open air. These camera phone snaps might illustrate it better:



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Here is one from last year to go with those of the view from fire escape stairs.

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