birmingham rotunda by Holly Occhipinti

Birmingham Rotunda

History

The Rotunda has a controversial history as one of Birmingham’s most ‘marmite’ of buildings; you either love it or you hate it!

The Grade II listed building was originally planned as one of James A. Robert’s creations in the original Bullring scheme. However, the initial design was different; it was 12 stories high. Plans were later changed to be 25 stories, costing £1 million to build.

It was originally used as an office block with a bank and shops on lower levels. Mostly, local residents weren’t best pleased with the new structure. However, proposed demolition of the building in the 1980s was met with apprehension too!

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Architecture

Work began in 1960 to construct the 81m tall building, built of a large glass tube design. The build was completed in 1965 after revisions. Notable design elements include a flat roof, and a structure made of reinforced concrete standing on a single story podium.

The Rotunda now

In 2004 the building underwent huge scale refurbishment to convert the it to residential use. The works were finished in 2008, housing  residential and hotel accommodation.

Urban Splash occupy 232 homes in the building, created by Glenn Howells Design. When the build finished in 2008, the final 92 apartments for sale sold within 3 hours of becoming available. These homes are now up for sale and rent. Iconic design includes a double height reception area, created in this refurbishment, and re-cladding the façade of the building.

Staying Cool at the Rotunda have 26 serviced apartments forming a boutique style Apart-Hotel over the top four floors of the building. Apartments range from a studio to two bed apartments, with two bed penthouses available. These apartments have been impeccably styled in a sixties theme, and are named after famous cars, inspired by the famous cars made in nearby Lonbridge.

Fact file:

Location: New Street, City Centre 
Built: 1961-1965
Style: Modern
Status: Grade II 
Use: Apart-Hotel

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