Brum is extremely cool and extremely drab at the same time. It's very urban but needs major refurbishments in a lot of places too (and there's a lot of it going on). The skyline as a whole is cool but not tall enough and the individual buildings are pretty bad. Hyatt is great as a building but not tall enough from a distance (or too fat for this height). That new glassy tower is class.
Impressive amount of density, and a couple of nice pinnacles (HCT and the BT Tower). However, it lacks true height and desparately needs something like Arena Central to bring its skyline into the 21st century. No matter what the Brum forumers say, HCT is not a skyscraper.
Within 5 years it will be overtaken by Manchester for sure. Having said that, Manchester's skyline is (and will be) more spread out, and less centralised than Birmingham's.
On the contrary, I believe that the HCT will simply fill the gap between now and the time the Arena or something similar will bring the whole situation to new heights.
It is a decent skyline IMO. Most European non-capital cities don't come even close to this. True, the UK has to become taller outside London, but this doesn't mean that there are no tall buildings in other UK cities, or that the situation is better in other European countries. Nice pics BTW.
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