SP1579 : Solihull Civic Hall

taken 56 years ago, near to Solihull, Great Britain

Solihull Civic Hall
Solihull Civic Hall
The Civic Hall was designed by H.W. Weedon and opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 25 May 1962, en route to the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral. As the Borough's first purpose-built cultural venue its large and small auditoria witnessed events ranging from symphony concerts to boxing bouts. A new Council Chamber - to replace the one in Poplar Road, now SP1579 : Bar Censa, Solihull - and civic offices were later built alongside. Pevsner thought the plans "far from promising aesthetically". The hall was privatised in 1982 and the whole suite of buildings was razed in 1998 to make way for the Touchwood Centre, a shopping and leisure complex which opened in 2001 and ironically perpetuates the name of the historic Touchwood Hall which had been obliterated by the town centre redevelopment of the 1960s. In this view the spire of the SP1579 : Parish church of St Alphege looms above the roofline to the right.

For a view of the replacement buildings on this site see SP1579 : Pizza Express on site of former Civic Hall, Solihull.
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SP1579, 165 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
1962   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 15 March, 2008
Category
Civic centre   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 150 793 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:24.6898N 1:46.7838W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 150 792
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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