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  • This is possibly one of Birmingham's most iconic buildings next to the new Birmingham Selfridges.
  • The redevelopment of the Bullring Shopping Centre was first mooted in 1955 with Laing O' Rourke's competition entry designed by James A Roberts coming out on top, although originally the Rotunda was intended to only have 12 floors, something that was later increased.
  • The building is constructed with a central core providing the main structural support with the floors supported off it. It was also designed to have a rotating top floor with a restaurant but these plans were dropped at the last minute. Despite this the original structure could still support upper floors.
  • Once completed, the top floor used to be a revolving advert and clock but this was later stopped due to maintainance costs.
  • The tower was targeted by the IRA in 1974 after one of two bombs placed in pubs around the city was detonated in the Mulberry Bush pub at the base of the tower. The attacks killed 21 people in total and although the tower did not collapse, caused structural damage to the towers core. The attack is still to this day the most deadly terrorist attack on the British mainland.
  • Plans where put forward to demolish and replace the Rotunda with a taller tower when the first proposals for the redevelopment of the Bullring Shopping Centre were put forward in the 1990's . However, these plans were stopped after the tower was granted Grade II listing status preventing its demolition.
  • Now the Bullring Shopping Centre is complete, the tower is due to be refurbished by urban splash with work starting in 2005.

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08-09-2003 > Rotundas Facelift

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Architect
Jim Roberts
Developer
Laing O'Rourke
Renovation Architect
Glenn Howells Architects

Reference Data

Reference No.
160
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
02-10-2014
 

Building Location

Address
New Street, Birmingham. B2
Council
Birmingham City Council
County
West Midlands
Region
West Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1956
Construction start date
1961
Completion date
1965
Renovation Date
2007
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Modernist

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
81.00
Roof Height (AGL)
81.00
Top Floor Height (AGL)
77.00

The Rotunda

Total Floors (O.G)
23
Plant Floors
1
Total Floors (U.G)
2

Market Data

Primary Use
Residential
Secondary Use
Retail

Flats
232

Construction Cost
£1,000,000.00
Budget Date
1965

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