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Replacement for 'unloved' John Madin Birmingham tower block unveiled

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Plans by London-based Doone Silver Architects have emerged which will spell the end for John Madin’s 22-storey NatWest Tower in Birmingham

Development of 103 Colmore Row will involve the demolition of the concrete block which was completed by the Brutalist architect in the 1970s.

At 26 storeys, the replacement building will be slightly higher than Madin’s tower making it the tallest building in the city’s central business district.

An application to demolish the NatWest tower and replace it with temporary public space also designed by Doone Silver is due to be considered by Birmingham City Council on Thursday (19 March).

The new block will include almost 18,500m² of offices and nearly 1,500m² of leisure space.

A restaurant covering 800m² will be built into the top floor with the expectation that its lights will left on through the night, creating a ‘lantern’ effect.

At street level, the plans include a winter garden and café and space for a restaurant-bar.

Four steel columns will act as a ‘contemporary response’ to those in the historic buildings which line Colmore Row.

The demolition of the John Madin concrete-panelled tower is expected to take up to a year with the development team expected to start work next month, pending planning approval.

A public consultation on plans for the new building opened today (17 March) ahead of submission of a formal planning application in May.

James Howath, managing director of Sterling Property Ventures, said the project replaced ‘an ugly and unloved tower’ with a ‘striking building with a distinctive silhouette which will enhance the Birmingham skyline’.

103 Colmore Row is Rockspring’s first development in Birmingham.


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