Don't Miss This Opportunity! (Oops - too late...)
Demolition finally commenced in late June 2007 after all the
neighbouring buildings had already been razed to the ground. I
managed to capture this picture
of the front
one of the back
of the building during demolition. With all
the factories now gone, replaced by apartments, perhaps it's time to
rename Commercial Street as Residential Road…
My father's photo's show how important it is to act before
redevelopment takes place. I've learned from this and I
frequently photograph interesting buildings whose days are numbered.
I would like to bring to your attention an opportunity not to be
missed! At the back of the Mailbox is the old G & S Brough
factory in Commercial Street. Just by looking at it you can see
that it's little changed since at least the 1950's. The company
relocated during 2005 and I was quick to take a few photo's, fearing
what the future would bring.
& S Brough Factory, Commercial Street
I now know the future. The site is too valuable to developers to
remain unchanged or to be converted to modern apartments.
Instead, another high
will take its place.
My advice? Get your cameras out and get up there now! If
you walk up Severn Street on your way there you'll see that some old
being kept and
re-used. I'm delighted to see the Birmingham Athletic Institute
currently undergoing conversion to flats and houses under the guise of
the Scholars Gate
development. You may be interested in reading the council's
for this area (warning - 3MB PDF!).
Athletic Institute, photographed 4/8/2003