Photo By D J Norton

The New Birmingham c. 1964

Project 32

New Street/Stephenson Place
1964 Status
2014 Status
Birmingham Exchange Buildings

A planned project that would see the tragic demolition of the Birmingham Exchange building that dated back to 1865.  It was envisaged as part of the New Street Station redevelopment (see 100) and would later link up to the Birmingham Shopping Centre that would be constructed over the station.  A bland office block and a concrete ramp, whose main feature in 2014 seemed to be McDonalds, replaced a fine example of Victorian gothic architecture.  The office block had been converted to a Premier Inn by 2014.

Exchange Buildings c. 1963 Leonard Stace

A glimpse of the Birmingham Exchange (centre) as seen from Stephenson Street, c. 1963.  Photo by Leonard Stace.

Project 32, 6/10/1969

Project 32 nearing completion, October 1969.  Photo from the Steve Gosling Archive.

Project 32, April 2014

Project 32, April 2014