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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Death of a Building Part 12

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas AUGUST. 16, 2020

These shots were taken October to December 2016, and up till June 2017 and are really a summing up of the series. Most activity on the site is now construction. There are still three large buildings to remove but the early phase was to clear the main part of the site so construction could get underway.

Demolition is now taking part in the peripheral areas. The Adrian Boult Hall next to the Conservatoire, the remaining corner of the library and library theatre, and the monolithic service tower.

The final part, part thirteen will be an overview of the building and what replaced it, to the point where I stopped documenting the changes on the site.

The last remaining part of the main library building, the South West corner with the still intact library theatre just evident from the curved concrete either side. The glass block behind is an office building also to be removed at a later date.

Here are some of the iconic concrete panels hanging down inside out.

The shell of the library theatre.

The new Paradise development is now well under way.

On the left, you can see the Conservatoire amazingly still open for business even though the adjoining Adrian Boult Hall is almost completely gone.

Some shots of the run down Conservatoire building from Fletcher's Walk, the pedestrianised area underneath.

(Click on the photo to see it in large format) From the left, Birmingham Town Hall, The Conservatoire, demolished Adrian Boult Hall with Alpha Tower behind it, Chamberlain Memorial in the foreground now an island in a concrete desert, the demolished library theatre, the dome of the Hall of Memory, the new Birmingham Library, construction of the new Paradise Development underway.

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