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West Midlands

Covering news, projects and practices from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, and Birmingham

In the news

Paradise Circus

Madin's Brutalist paradise caught on camera before demolition

Fans of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus have been given a last chance to view the estate, including John Madin’s Brutalist central library, before it is torn down

Barclaycard Arena

Broadway Malyan completes £26m National Indoor Arena overhaul

Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena has staged its first concert after a £26million refurbishment led by AJ100 big hitter Broadway Malyan

Eric Parry Architects' scheme for Birmingham's Paradise Circus

Parry wins contest for major building at Birmingham’s Paradise Circus

Eric Parry Architects has won the competition to design a key building in the first phase of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus redevelopment


Shortlist revealed for first of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus' buildings

AHMM, Eric Parry, Associated Architects and Piercy & Co are in the running to design a key building for the first phase of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus redevelopment


Coventry's 'elephant' pool under threat of demolition

Coventry’s Grade-II listed central swimming pool could be knocked down under council redevelopment plans


Glenn Howells' Westonbirt Aboretum Building

Glenn Howells completes Westonbirt Aboretum building

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Glenn Howells Architects’ has completed a new building at the Forestry Commission’s National Aboretum in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire


Gregory Phillips wins planning for Staffordshire country house

Gregory Phillips Architects has secured planning consent for a 1,200m² home in the grounds of a Victorian Hall in Staffordshire


Mecanoo unwraps Birmingham City Library

Dutch practice Mecanoo’s £193 million Birmingham City Library opens to the public next week (3 September).

Architype Archihaus

Architype reveals plans for UK’s largest Passivhaus development

[FIRST LOOK] Architype has submitted a planning application for the largest Passivhaus development in the UK



Localism Act and Local Plans lose out to NPPF


The High Court has confirmed the NPPF will take priority over the Localism Act and local development plans

Matt Lucas

New practices: Lucas Architects

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy


New practices: SWOT[studio]

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo

Revealed: Winners of RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards

Three new schools are among the eight winners of this year’s RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards


Birmingham Co.Lab

Birmingham School of Architecture’s Co.Lab creates space for film festival

The Co.Lab initiative at Birmingham School of Architecture worked with Flatpack Festival to convert Victorian church into a temporary cinema

Jamie Ho

Student Shows 2012: Birmingham School of Architecture

Laura Mark is disappointed by the lack of emphasis on hand-drawing at Birmingham

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

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