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Madin's Birmingham tower saved...for now

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Plans to demolish John Madin’s 22-storey former Natwest tower in Birmingham have been put on hold

Earlier this week London-based Doone Silver Architects unveiled its proposed replacement for the building at 103 Colmore Row with a formal planning submission expected in May.

However, an application to flatten the 1975 city centre block had already been lodged and was heard earlier today (19 March).

In a blow to the development team, Birmingham City Council’s planning committee said it needed reassurance the plans for a 26-storey steel, aluminium and glazed tower housing 18,500m² of offices and nearly 1,500m² of leisure space would be formally submitted before it would give the go-ahead for demolition.

Developers Sterling Property Ventures and Rockspring were hoping to start demolition of the skyscraper, which has been vacant since 2003, next month, while simultaneously seeking planning permission for the replacement commercial building.

Sterling Property Ventures construction director Peter Graham said: ‘We are extremely disappointed by this decision, particularly since the application was recommended for approval by the council’s officers.’

Geoff Wright, of GW Planning, adviser to Sterling and Rockspring, said that the new plans were currently out for consultation and an application was expected to be made in May.

“We had hoped to begin the demolition before then, in order to truncate the build programme. Regrettably, this will now be set back but we will work with Birmingham City Council to overcome their concerns and expedite development.”

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  • J C Muirhead

    It's as if John Madden never practiced!

    This may appear to be a stay of execution, but the hammer will eventually fall on the former NatWest Tower. Another example of Birmingham's relentless move 'Forward' seeming to spare little thought for it's 20th century built environment legacy

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