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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Death of a Building Part 6

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas AUGUST. 10, 2020

Part Six comprises of shots taken in April 2016. The soft demolition of Birmingham Library continues, with more of the central core removed and a large section of the south wing gone. The concrete island left next to the Edwardian Art Gallery is now being reduced to a torn and shredded stump. The work site has now expanded to fill what has been removed.

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.

View through to the new library behind.

These three shots below are the Conservatoire, still in use as the demolition gets closer.

The work site is now opening up showing the scale of the operation. In the background the facade of the Art Gallery is now opening up, a view not seen since the library was built in the early seventies.

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