The New Birmingham c. 1964
|New Street/Corporation Street
I was going to say, "thank heaven for small mercies", but the mercy
involved with this planned project is HUGE
I couldn't believe it when I read that the area bounded New Street,
Corporation Street, Temple Row and Needless Alley was part of a
£10m plan for yet another shopping centre in the city.
Thankfully, it is one plan that never got off the drawing board.
I suppose you could say that City Plaza could be viewed as a small part
of the original vision, but the fact that City Plaza failed as a
shopping centre and became, instead, St Philips Point offices just goes
to show that you can have too many shops...
We must be thankful this plan failed. The shops that line New
Street and Corporation Street where this development was proposed are
some of the finest survivors in the city, especially Queen's Corner
dating back to 1879. In 2014, the splendid Victorian buildings
remained in place.
The grime and dirt above the central
four shops may have been a factor in the proposal for Project 35.
from the Steve
Had the planners had their way, all
this would have been reduced to a pile of dust... The site of
proposed Project 35 in April