Photo By D J Norton

The New Birmingham c. 1964

Project 22

High Street
1964 Status
2014 Status
Co-op (store extensions)

I can remember the old Co-op building in High Street quite well.  Dating back to c.1916, the shop was full of character.  The thing that sticks in my mind the most was the vacuum pipes that used to transfer paperwork and possibly money around.  It seems that the store was extended in the 1960's.  It was also joined up with a new store that was part of the Big Top site (see 31) and you could walk from the old to the new via underground passages.  The Co-op was demolished to make way to the Pavilions Shopping Centre at the tail end of the 1980's.

Rear of Co-Op, c. 1970

Co-op extensions are the brick buildings.  Picture c. 1970.  Photo from the Geoff Thompson Archive.

Site of Project 22, June 2014

Site of Co-op from Moor Street Queensway, June 2014

Site of Project 22, June 2014

Site of Co-op from High Street, June 2014