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Madin's Brutalist paradise caught on camera before demolition

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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

Photographer Pete Lopeman took the unique shots of the area just before demolition work started prior to the consturction of the site’s £500m redevelopment masterplanned by Glenn Howells Architects (GHA).

The series of shots have been taken to say a ‘fond farewell’ to the 17-acre site, which will be transformed over the coming decade to include new shops, offices, public areas and walkways. In total there will be ten new buildings including a 250-bed hotel.

In 2012 GHA and developer Argent won ‘unanimous’ backing from Birmingham council’s planning committee for the scheme hailed as ‘the most important city centre development in the UK outside Lonndon’ by officials.

In 2009 the Twentieth Century Society failed in a high-profile bid to get the city-centre concrete landmark listed. A replacement library, designed by Dutch practice Mecanoo was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2014.

Improvements to the infrastructure in and around the site are also planned – connecting Paradise Circus with its surrounding districts and earlier redevelopment sites such as Brindley Place.

Work started on the site on 5 January 2015.

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