SP0586 : Auchinleck House, Broad Street, Birmingham

taken 8 years ago, near to Chad Valley, Birmingham, Great Britain

Auchinleck House, Broad Street, Birmingham
Auchinleck House, Broad Street, Birmingham
By J. Seymour Harris & Partners, 1961-62 (refaced by Ove Arup & Partners, 2000). The two sides diverge towards the camera before tapering at the near end. It has a wavy canopy and is connected is a shopping centre with a saw-tooth canopy. All very 1960s.
The area around Five Ways was earmarked for office blocks under John Madin's 1957 plan, commissioned by the landlord, the Calthorpe Estate, eager to boost its income. Most people will think it a strange thing to say of a collection of 1960s tower blocks, but the result is of an unusually high standard. It is relatively low density, landscaped, and possesses a good mix of towers, a number of which were designed by Madin's architecture practice. Away from the towers, the area retains a pleasant residential character and some of the good early C19th houses have survived.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 8 August, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0571 8609 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.3629N 1:55.0421W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0567 8605
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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1950s-1970s Architecture 

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