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Old July 6th, 2006, 03:50 AM   #81
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I wasn't even gonna mention Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny and Seven Little Girls Sitting so as not to offend...
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Old July 6th, 2006, 01:08 PM   #82
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Did it post many times?


Silly Minefield, today's build is go damn buggy.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:05 PM   #83
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Blimey this thread became popular again all of a sudden, did anyone actually answer Simon's question btw? A poll amongst the Bham forumers on this building would be interesting, should it stay or go? Personally I do like NWT with it's strange tree growing near the top.





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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:13 PM   #84
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I'd like to see the plans for the new building, and anything from the Urban Splash plans, if they've got any.

But put me down for a stayer. At the moment.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:14 PM   #85
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If it is to be replaced, build something taller.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #86
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but it needs a clean before it can stay!

Also I've just noticed on the first page I was up for replacing it, my, I'm soo ficcal!
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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:16 PM   #87
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I'd like to see the plans for the new building, and anything from the Urban Splash plans, if they've got any.

But put me down for a stayer. At the moment.
I'd love to see what Urban Splash would do with NWT
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Old July 8th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #88
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Or the Birmingham Alliance.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 11:31 PM   #89
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If it is to be replaced, build something taller.
It's going for a low rise building. Grr.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 12:57 AM   #90
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I can finally see the tree that Smileyface talks about - in that third picture of his. I honestly didn't think he was telling the truth all this time as prior to this pic, I hadn't ever seen it from any of the pictures previously put up here. Perhaps it's a rooftop garden for some of the more privileged members of staff back in the day?
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Old July 9th, 2006, 01:05 AM   #91
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I can finally see the tree that Smileyface talks about - in that third picture of his. I honestly didn't think he was telling the truth all this time as prior to this pic, I hadn't ever seen it from any of the pictures previously put up here. Perhaps it's a rooftop garden for some of the more privileged members of staff back in the day?
That's just one of them, there are several trees up there
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Old July 9th, 2006, 01:07 AM   #92
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Well, can you prove this to me with some more exclusive pictures then squire??
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Old July 9th, 2006, 01:13 AM   #93
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There's an abundance up there....roaming herds of cyclops have been reported too
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Old July 9th, 2006, 01:19 AM   #94
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Do you have the pics? Or are you going to tell me that they also keep herds of geese up there in the service cores too, in order to ward off potential terrorists?
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Old July 20th, 2006, 12:56 AM   #95
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This has gone out to the Post forthwith!! Expect to see it on Fri / Mon!

Dear Sir / Madam



I walk past the former NatWest Building every evening and I must say she is looking very forlorn now. The last I read / heard, was that it was going to be replaced with a new building (albeit lower in height) and containing the magic Grade A regulation office floor-plates, that Birmingham is sorely lacking. I have a quirky soft-spot for this particular 1970s tower, and am dreading the slight discomfort I last felt when I witnessed the former Post & Mail tower being demolished. There are, after all, plenty of other sites shortly coming available (like Masshouse) where more Grade A office space is being created.

I am of the opinion that the NatWest Building should be kept and re-launched as a different facility, like a top-notch hotel or apartment block. All she needs is the old banking hall to be spruced up in and out, with an expensive cladding scheme reaching up to the set-back, then the actual tower to be finished in a pure white render, to attain a really striking appearance. Just imagine what a development agency like Urban Splash could do with a building like NatWest!

Do we really need to keep knocking down our tall buildings that originate from the unfashionable 60s and 70s? Every architectural era makes a statement and I can think of some very poor ones that have been made just recently, mentioning no names!

On the subject of wiping away the DNA of our built environment, and in particular the future Longbridge Technology Park, I am not happy about the plans by Advantage West Midlands and Modwen Properties, to get rid of the steel bridge that crosses the Bristol Road there. Ok, so they can demolish the buildings, but why canít they retain this marvellous structure in skeleton form as an art exhibit and statement of 100 years of motor heritage? Itís nothing short of petty vandalism.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 01:17 AM   #96
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I really love Nat West Tower, it is a big, brutal chunk of the city which needs to be preserved.

We pull this stuff down at our peril.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 09:54 AM   #97
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Here's a little piccy showing a variety of architectural styles... if Natwest was clean it would look better

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Old July 20th, 2006, 01:30 PM   #98
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I can finally see the tree that Smileyface talks about - in that third picture of his. I honestly didn't think he was telling the truth all this time as prior to this pic, I hadn't ever seen it from any of the pictures previously put up here. Perhaps it's a rooftop garden for some of the more privileged members of staff back in the day?
I dunno. From this pic of the Natwest building from Google earth i can only see one bit of green which is the tree i think

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There's another bit of green on the other side of the building. Go up from the tree, and you see another bit of (less obvious) tree. Maybe a smaller tree
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I got this photo (which I put on Wikipedia) and it also happens to have a suicidal seagull ready to either drop a shit on me or rob the bag of chips I was carrying.

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