UFO Jibe Halts Birmingham Office Development
An office property on Colmore Row in Birmingham may not get two additional floors following complaints about the proposed design, which one councillor says resembles a UFO landing on top.
“This modern glass lump destroys the elegance of the facade and mocks other buildings in the conservation area,” said Coun Barry Henley, according to the Birmingham Mail, who says that any new development should “preserve and enhance a conservation area”.
Commenting that the proposal “fails that test”, he added: “It looks like a UFO has landed on the roof. Agreeing to this would be a travesty.”
Developer Abstract Land is the company behind the plans, which would be made to the current home of Wragge and Co in the city centre, an 18th century Grade II listed building. Along with the new modern rooftop, the proposal includes rebuilding part of the property and replacing an outdated extension with a glass wall (“a modernist monstrosity”, according to Coun Henley). The work would also restore its historic banking hall.
But as well as the attack on its alien rooftop, committee members added that the additional two floors would affect views of the conservation area around Colmore Row.
With just two of the 11 committee members putting their support behind the proposals, and following objections from both English Heritage and Birmingham’s conservation panel, the planning application has now been deferred and awaits further consultation.
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