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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Death of a Building Part 5

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas AUGUST. 09, 2020

Part Five comprises of shots taken in March 2016. The soft demolition of Birmingham Library continues, as the core is eaten away from inside the atrium. Many of the interior details now becoming visible on the outside for the first time. Doorways, stairs, furniture, pipes, cables etc.

Please see parts one and two for some background and photos of the building exterior and interior before demolition began.

Demolition started at the end of 2015, I started my project in January 2016 after the first chunk had been removed from the main structure.

I had three main vantage points early in the process. From the portico of the Art Gallery next door. This area was raised up so gave a view over the site above the screens around the site. From a terrace next to the Town Hall, and from the balcony of the Conservatoire, which was also later demolished, but in the early stages continued to be accessible.

As demolition moved to the Conservatoire later a fourth main vantage point opened up on a walkway to the rear which remained open throughout.

While the core of the building is eaten away, the rear of the building exterior is still intact.

Hanging stairwell.

Paradise Lost.

The centre of the site is now just a rubble processing area.

Part of the atrium roof still in place.

This island of concrete had to be treated with extra care as it stood at the closest point to the Edwardian Art Gallery. Only a few feet.

Water sprays clearly visible.

Some metal furniture still remains.

Access points for service ducts.

Double action, they're getting serious now.

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