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photoblog image A Birmingham Day Out 16/21

A Birmingham Day Out 16/21

ALPHA TOWER

The Alpha Tower in Birmingham appeared in two of my reflection shots three weeks ago. Alpha Tower is an office building and was designed by George Marsh of Richard Seifert & Partners as the headquarters of the commercial television company ATV and part of the companies' production studio complex known as ATV Centre. ATV closed in 1982, after which the building became offices. Birmingham City Council took a large tenancy of the building until they vacated in 2010. It is the third tallest building in Birmingham. It is a landmark and is a Grade A locally listed building. It was nominated for listed building status by The Twentieth Century Society in 2002, although the owners applied for a Certificate of Immunity from Listing. Arena Central Developments sold the building to Catalyst's European Property Fund in 2008 for £42.5 million. Birmingham City Council left tenancy in 2010 leaving the building 77% void. Nationwide Building Society put the building into receivership in 2012 and put it on the market for £10.25 million on 2013. The building was bought for £14 million in February 2014 by Anglo Scandinavian Estates Group.

A Birmingham Day Out 16/21

ALPHA TOWER

The Alpha Tower in Birmingham appeared in two of my reflection shots three weeks ago. Alpha Tower is an office building and was designed by George Marsh of Richard Seifert & Partners as the headquarters of the commercial television company ATV and part of the companies' production studio complex known as ATV Centre. ATV closed in 1982, after which the building became offices. Birmingham City Council took a large tenancy of the building until they vacated in 2010. It is the third tallest building in Birmingham. It is a landmark and is a Grade A locally listed building. It was nominated for listed building status by The Twentieth Century Society in 2002, although the owners applied for a Certificate of Immunity from Listing. Arena Central Developments sold the building to Catalyst's European Property Fund in 2008 for £42.5 million. Birmingham City Council left tenancy in 2010 leaving the building 77% void. Nationwide Building Society put the building into receivership in 2012 and put it on the market for £10.25 million on 2013. The building was bought for £14 million in February 2014 by Anglo Scandinavian Estates Group.

comments (7)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jun 2014, 00:47
Hmmmmmm

Grad A listed, huh! Will that stay the wrecker's ball?
Brian Walbey: I can't see it lasting as long as many older buildings do.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jun 2014, 06:03
A striking building, let's hope they can put it to good use
Brian Walbey: Apparently it was originally the ATV headquarters at one time.
I really like this building Brian! Fine capture.
Brian Walbey: I suppose for a modern building it has some style.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jun 2014, 08:20
I wouldn't buy it - it is toppling over on the right ;o)

Sorry Brian, couldn't resist ;o)
Brian Walbey: On my CS3 grid it is about 1.5 degrees from vertical, you must have very good eyes Mike smile No offence taken of course.
A familiar Birmingham landmark. I remember it as the ATV HQ
Brian Walbey: I have seen pictures of it before somewhere or other.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jun 2014, 09:43
I do remember the ATV logo on the building. I think programmes like the "The Golden Shot" were made here. If this was in Southampton, it would be stuffed full of students doing pointless in degrees.
Brian Walbey: The Golden Shot, oh my goodness, what a dreadful programme that was, shame they couldn't have a go at shooting this building over smile
I wouldn't want to be up there
Brian Walbey: Nor would I Chantal, but if it means having a job then I guess people would put up with it.

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