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Old January 27th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Historic Photos - building the convention centre

Unfortunately, Guilbert edited all his posts so that any pictures of his on this thread were removed. This amounted to about 100 posts in total so I have deleted them. There are some interesting pictures towards the end of the thread though from other posters.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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Yikes that's a good short history of the site. Now I understand why the energy centre is such a piss poor building - because it was the first building built and nobody had any thoughts about the canals being such a valuable resource, well that's my guess
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Old January 27th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #3
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Amazing pics Guilbert - thanks so much for scanning them in
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Old January 27th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for the the photos Guilbert ; very informative . Does anyone have further information about the demolished industrial building just off Broad Street ?It makes me wonder if the Ikon Gallery building was under threat around the same time .We also lost that church with its impressive spire nearby too .
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #5
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Thanks Guilbert, it's really interesting for me to see that area as it used to be, as I wasn't even alive what a lot of what you documented took place, yet the area changed almost beyond recognition in just a few years.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #6
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Great pics there, guilbert! That big industrial building was fantastic - I think it may have been a brewery and lent it's name partly to the Malthouse, further down the canal.

Those pics are invaluable though, really great that you hung onto them.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #7
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I'll look forward to them Guilbert .

So that building was a brewery .It looks quite tall in that photo .
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Old January 27th, 2010, 06:38 PM   #8
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Brilliant! They belong in a book or museum!

What foresight the planner's had.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:20 PM   #9
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A quick bit of research seems to suggest that that is probably a brewery. The original Malthouse was located on the site of the ICC, with the very original building being on where the energy centre is. Where the little car park is now, was a small canal basin called Brewery Wharf Basin.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #10
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Fascinating Gulbert...I would never have thought that .Logical really .

Thanks for digging up the extra info Erebus .
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Fantastic. What insight you had to document something that at the start of redevelopment wasn't an area that most people even noticed.

It's sad to see the old industrial architecture that was lost but at least in this instance it was to be replaced with something worthwhile. Except the Sea Life Centre.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 12:15 AM   #12
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I seem to remember that the brewery was related to the Old Crown in some way. Possibly even Davenports too.

Thanks to Guilbert for the photos - the pre-digital era makes photos from the period more rare and special.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 11:05 PM   #13
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The Brewery was Butlers Brewery, as in the B of Mitchells and Butlers.

The Crown Pub was the pub which was tied to the brewery - took the beer straight out of the pipes.

It was Butlers Brewery that was partly responsible for George Cadbury upping sticks from his Broad Street factory and moving to Worcestershire (Bournbrook) - being a Quaker he couldn't abide the brewing on his doorstep.

The old house in the ICC, by the Canal, was the Brewmasters House.

One other quirky fact, when the Contractors excavated the area next to the canal, at the canal end of the ICC mall, they fond a mass burial pit from the days of the plague - had to excavated and disposed of with extreme care.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 11:40 PM   #14
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Great pic Guilbert and brings back exciting memories of Brum's regeneration back then. Just to the left of this building was a lovely little wedged shaped area called "Stratford Place" with a couple of timber-framed cottages that housed antique stores. And to the right of the pic off the scene was a 4-storey run of terraces (where the ICC frontage is now) built in a very dark brick that housed the legendary "Sparky's Pianos". I think Bingley Hall stood between this run of teraces and the canal - the big building on the left on your first pic.
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Wonderful stuff
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Did you get any pictures of Brindley Place before they started, I remember Bush House was particularly hidious
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Originally Posted by Guilbert53 View Post
The next 3 pictures are "View 3" (Views 1 and 2 are above)

The picture below was taken in November 1986, after the building of the Convention Centre (ICC) and Symphony Hall
had been announced, but before much work had started. On the far right you can see a large orange sign announcing
the building of this complex (I do have a picture of this sign which I have posted below).

This view is taken on the "other" side of Broad Street, facing what WILL become the front of the ICC / Symphony Hall
building. A fine set of building in view as you can see.

If you cannot picture where we are, then just off to the right of this picture is Centenary Square and the Birmingham
Rep theatre.

View 3 Picture 1) Broad Street and the front on the Convention Centre
Where was the Hall of Memories? my vague memories would have put it on the right of the picture, had it been moved by then, or am I wrong?

edited to add, I was wrong! I meant of course the Collonade...
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I think it's just out of view on the right of the picture.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 05:52 PM   #19
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The Hall of Memory was always outside of Baskerville House, where it is now. Both of them would have been way off to the right, like mikey says.

And thanks for the shots guilbert!
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Thanks for the photos and information Guilbert . The terraced housing looks very good there .
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