Birmingham Journals

Birmingham: A New Albion

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An April 2004 trip to Birmingham by Mutt

Bullring Photo, Birmingham, England More Photos
Quote: Britain’s second city has a well deserved reputation for being a concrete slum thanks to the '60s developments that followed the heavy bombings of the war, but recent years have seen Brum undergo something of a rebirth with a number of key developments springing up all over the city.

Birmingham: A New Albion

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Overview

Bull! Photo, Birmingham, England
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The Bullring has always been the heart of Birmingham upon which its fortunes were built or lost and the New Bullring is an essential starting point for any investigation into the city’s renaissance. Millennium Point, like many of the country’s other millennium projects (mentioning no names), can at best be described as a noble failure, but it is still worth a look if only for curiosity value. Brindley Place and The Mailbox are pleasant diversion which between them offer plenty of high-end retail and fine dining for those that can afford them and a chance to see how the other half live for those that can’t. Quick Tips: The new government run Welcome Centre on New Street offers...Read More

Bullring

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Attraction

Bullring Photo, Birmingham, England
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One of the oldest historic documents relating to Britain’s second city is the 1156 charter awarding the city the right to hold a market. The site of that market outside the front of St Martin’s Church has been the heart of the city’s shopping district ever since and is now home to the new Bullring. The old Bullring opened in May 1964 was a masterpiece of ‘60s architecture, with great concrete blocks encircled by miles of ring-roads it was everything that the post-war city-planners dreamed of and did much to drag Birmingham out of the depression, but by the late 80s it had become an outdated eyesore. Demolition of this behemoth began on the 30th June 2000 and the new Bullring with its 110,000 s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2004

Bullring
Upper Mall West Bullring
Birmingham, England B5 4BU
+44 (121) 632-1500

The Mailbox

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Attraction | "Mailbox"

The Mailbox Photo, Birmingham, England
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Opened in December 2000, this is Britain’s largest mixed use building and it owes its name to the fact that it was built on the former site of Birmingham’s main postal sorting office. It offers a variety of shops and restaurants as well as leisure facilities, residential and office space and two hotels! The fashion choices on offer include such famous designer brands as DKNY, Emporio Armani, and Hugo Boss, as well as such local boutiques as Ronit Zilka, Thomas Pink, and Tim Little. The lifestyle options range from the Aga Shop and the Iron Bed Company to that doyen of lifestyle shopping, Harvey Nichols. Food options are equally as varied and include sushi from Shogun, pizza at Zizzi,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2004

The Mailbox
Wharfside Street
Birmingham, England B1 1XL
+44 (121) 632-1123

Millennium Point Property Ltd

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Attraction | "Millennium Point"

Millennium Point Property Ltd Photo, Birmingham, England
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Opened by HM Queen Betty in July 2002, this £114 million development on a run-down brown fields site on the edge of the city centre was designed to provide Birmingham a centre for science, technology, and learning and to act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the city’s so called learning quarter. The futuristic building from architects Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners is certainly impressive, nowhere more so than in The Hub, the buildings central forum, with its five floors (three of which are ground floors due to its hill side location) decorated in a high-tech style. There is also a small landscaped garden out front with a nice fountain and a curiously designed climbing frame to keep the y...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 11, 2004

Millennium Point Property Ltd
Curzon Street
Birmingham, England B4 7XG
+44 (121) 202-2200

Broadway Plaza

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This five-acre leisure plaza is the crowning glory of Birmingham city planners "Go For Big, Broad Street" development plan to turn this long forgotten corner of the city centre into the heart if the city’s nightlife, with bars, restaurants and entertainment opportunities aplenty. The site was formerly occupied by the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the façade of the 1917 listed hospital building has been retained and incorporated into developers Morrison Property Solutions Ltd designs for this modernist European styled plaza complex of glass, steel and brick. A large part of the plaza’s five acres is taken up by a 12-screen multiplex cinema from the American corporation, who sell their cin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2004

Broadway Plaza
Broadway Plaza Management Suite Unit 19a 220, Ladywood Middleway Birmingham, B16 8LP
Birmingham, England
+44 (121) 454-3890