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Old July 20th, 2006, 05:59 PM   #101
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I dont think the image is big enough actually.
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Congratulations to MSP for getting his letter on NWT in the Birmingham Post (Monday I think it was)

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Old July 27th, 2006, 03:53 PM   #103
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Old July 27th, 2006, 04:00 PM   #104
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Old July 27th, 2006, 04:07 PM   #105
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Oh yeh. Can some one summarise what the letter said, I missed the BHAM Post on Monday.?
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Old July 27th, 2006, 04:40 PM   #106
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the letter

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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 27th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #107
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Thanks Woody Great letter too, well done MSP!
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Old July 27th, 2006, 06:53 PM   #108
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Well it's too late now, they have started to strip it.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:09 PM   #109
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Strip the Nat West Tower?
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 09:40 PM   #110
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Who's doing the rebuild of this, is there a website or owt?

I've only seen the one render of the replacement on this website, where did that come from?
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Skyscrapernews.com probably.
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Didn't look any different to me.

Have a picture of the nice doors:



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Old August 3rd, 2006, 07:52 PM   #113
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Taken from the Colmore Row and Environs conservation area draft charachter appraisal.... @ http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/Media/?MEDIA_ID=143824


3. National Westminster House
The projected redevelopment of National
Westminster House on Colmore Row will involve
the removal of the landmark formed by the
NatWest Tower. The Council will ensure that any
future development on the site is of exceptional
architectural quality. The new landmark building
will be expected to reinterpret the character of the
conservation area by means of a complementary
yet contemporary design which should provide
both a positive element in the streetscape and a
distinctive addition to the city centre skyline.
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So that hints at a well designed highrise tower yet no indication on whether it will be taller or shorter than the existing tower. Shame.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 10:06 AM   #115
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Well, we have the opportunity to comment on the plan (possiby to include the tower in the conservation scheme - after all it was designed to have a small footprint and therefore involved the demolition of 1 previous building)?

Also - the council are at least committed to getting something of "exceptional quality"
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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:41 AM   #116
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Quote:
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I don't think there's a thread about this one, so.

This is what it was:

Height (roof) 80.00

Floors (O.G) 23



And this is what it will be:

Height (roof) 76.00 (estimated)
(Spire Height 92.00)

Floors (O.G) 18


So any news? Whens the old one coming down?
Why does it have a fire hydrant outside?
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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:55 AM   #117
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Thats not the design. This site is ridiculously small. Im counting on something alot more substantial then what's there already.
 
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This site is ridiculously small.
It can't be that small they are redeveloping Edmund house and Lancaster house aswell.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #119
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Why does it have a fire hydrant outside?


It is one of those council "classical" revolving advertisement post things.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 10:15 AM   #120
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Looks like plans are well under way for an "iconic office building" as revealed in The Birmingham Post this morning.
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