The Rotunda

The Rotunda

James Balla
This is possibly one of Birminghams most iconic buildings next to the new Birmingham Selfridges building. Once completed, the top floor used to be a revolving advert and clcok but this was later stopped due to mainaintance costs. The tower was targeted by the IRA in 1974 after one of two bombs placed in pubs around the city was detonated in the Mulberry Bush pub at the base of the tower. The attacks killed 21 people in total and although the tower did not collapse, caused structural damage to the towers core. The attack is still to this day the most deadly terrorist attack on the British mainland. Plans where put forward to demolish and replace the Rotunda iwth a taller tower when the first proposals for the redevelopment of the Bullring Shopping Centre were put forward in the 1990's . However, these plans were stopped after the tower was granted Grade II listing status preventing its demolition. Now the Bullring Shopping Centre is complete, the tower is due to be refurbished by urban splash with work starting in 2005. #ComercialResidential
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