These are the two towers that Tolkien could see from his Birmingham school window. These photos were taken at Edgbaston Reservoir, an oasis of calm at the edge of a beautiful city.
The building with the gold crown on the left is The Library of Birmingham, in the centre is the Rotunda and to the left is Alpha Tower a Grade 2 listed office tower.
The Library of Birmingham has replaced the old Central Library. As stunning as the new library is, many of us will miss the Brutalist architecture of the old library. Having today discovered that Alpha Tower is a listed building, I struggle with why the old library wasn’t listed. It is now being demolished to make way for Paradise. I kid you not. Perhaps it wasn’t tall enough?
Although once the wrong skyline was once used. In 2008 leaflets produced for the city council were printed with the skyline of Birmingham Alabama . Oops!
These are just a few of the beautiful buildings dotted around the city centre that have managed to avoid the developers bulldozers or the WW2 bombs.
As you wander around the city there is almost always something going on. Food festivals and Morris Men in Victoria Square, colourful markets, art installations, Chelsea Flower Show winning entries to name but a few attractions you may find. And then stop at one of the great indie coffee shops for refreshments or catch some rays on a deck chair.
Then return to the reservoir and soak up the nature.
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