Photo By D J Norton

The New Birmingham c. 1964

In November 1964, the 'Evening Mail and Despatch' published a four-page pull-out entitled 'The New Birmingham'.  If anything summed up the dramatic changes that were taking place in the city at that time, it was the centre spread detailing 100 projects that were either planned, in progress or had been completed.  The accompanying map illustrated the dramatic changes clearly.

New Birmingham Map

I thought it would be interesting to see what happened to all those projects over the following 50 years.  Did the planned projects happen?  Were buildings erected at the time only destined for a short life before they too succumbed to the wrecking ball?  The investigations have lead to some fascinating discoveries and I hope site visitors feel the same.  If you have any special memories of the buildings or can correct my notes, please do get in touch via the 'Contact' page.

Includes the AEU building, the Albany hotel, Ringway Centre, Scala House and a huge project that never materialised...
Includes Silver Blades, Norfolk House, Bull Ring Shopping Centre, S & U, Rotunda, Manzoni Gardens, St Martin's House and an amazing story about Project 13...
Includes the Co-op, Marks and Spencer, Littlewoods, Corporation Square and the Royal George pub
Includes the 'Big Top', Marshall & Snelgrove, C&A, Rackham's and the thankful outcome of Project 35...
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