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Old February 24th, 2015, 01:51 AM   #61
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Get Glenn Howells to work their magic on this like they did with the Bramall music hall.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 02:14 AM   #62
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Not sure what you mean as Bramall was a new build.

Pretty sure it is only locally listed by the way.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 02:34 AM   #63
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Heres the links to listing in birmingham downloadable files

Locally
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Sate...endermode=live

Statutory
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Sate...pper%2FWrapper

The only bank on the lists on broad street is called former tsb bank which is grade 2 listing. Good lists to look though.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 02:50 AM   #64
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Not sure what you mean as Bramall was a new build.

Pretty sure it is only locally listed by the way.
What I meant was it was built to complete the semi circle of the Aston Webb building. I see no reason why the rear of the bank can't be made to match the facade as Glenn Howells did a good job of doing there.

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Old February 24th, 2015, 12:06 PM   #65
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Aye - you're both right, it's a 2011 building built to an 1899 spec!

Took that long for the right parts to come through, I imagine...

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Old February 24th, 2015, 12:10 PM   #66
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It's Grade II, listed in 1996, likely due to the threat posed by Arena Central.

I agree that one side is not a brilliant piece of architecture, but it's functional and inoffensive, and was designed not to be seen (the former Masonic Hall originally blocking it). It doesn't warrant fašading the entire building! The opposite side is very fine.

Under the current proposals this side of the building won't be accessible to the public, the developers having altered the landscaping plan, so it won't be seen anyway.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 12:14 PM   #67
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Probably more suitable for the fantasy thread, but this has always been my architectural daydream for the old bank:

Lyon's Opera House, with its 1990s roof extension. It would help give the bank a stronger profile, with all these huge blocks going up around it - and would make a great rooftop restaurant/gallery.

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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #68
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Ripped this from the app just so we can get it on here.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 08:54 PM   #69
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Looks as if it could be of decent quality.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:19 PM   #70
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I do love how on the picture, the beneficial building and paradise circus don't exist. Looks as if it is being built in a desert lol
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Old February 27th, 2015, 10:08 PM   #71
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I do quite like the 'woven' look on the right hand side.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 11:12 PM   #72
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Approve. Get it built!
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Old February 27th, 2015, 11:48 PM   #73
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I do quite like the 'woven' look on the right hand side.
But why that side and not the front?

Bizarre!
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I think it will be woven on the front.The patten on the front suggest it will.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 12:13 AM   #75
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I got to say this, don't get me wrong I like this building, but I finding the whole arena central development a bit bland they is nothing with any colour or very little. I would of liked it more if it was like Brindley place where the buildings use different colours and materials. What I'm finding with this is it looks all the same materials just different shaped buildings.
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Judging by the shading, the materials look metallic of some kind..
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Probably more suitable for the fantasy thread, but this has always been my architectural daydream for the old bank:

Lyon's Opera House, with its 1990s roof extension. It would help give the bank a stronger profile, with all these huge blocks going up around it - and would make a great rooftop restaurant/gallery.

I had a tour of that when I was in Lyon. When you get into it and learn about the design, it becomes even more spectacular. Almost posted it when the debate was raging about how the new Conservatoire needed to be designed the way it was because of its use - the main performance area of the OpÚra in Lyon is a cuboid that's been suspended within the building, with no edges touching the outside. That allowed them to build an area completely focused on the acoustics, with essentially no regard to the external form.

I should point out that this is my understanding - I may have interpreted it incorrectly due to my French being rather less than perfect!
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Judging by the shading, the materials look metallic of some kind..
Nope our favourite material concrete


They wanted to use reconstituted stone to match the bank but you can't get it in the size of sections they'd require
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Old February 28th, 2015, 11:36 AM   #79
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But why that side and not the front?

Bizarre!
Some of the complaints that came out of the CABE review were the massing of this building previously and they felt two many building were vying for attention in the square.
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Only CABE could come up with the concept of too many good buildings.

But that said, apart from the library and Baskerville, where are the others?
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