Birmingham Conservatoire - University of Birmingham, UK

John Madin Design Group
Date Built
1969 - 1974
Beside Birmingham Central Library near Chamberlain Square
Part of the "cultural complex" of buildings within and beside the Central Library in Chamberlain Square.  Birmingham University's Conservatoire contains the Adrian Boult Hall, a 525 seat auditorium.  The building is destined to be demolished when the new Central Library is completed in 2013.  The plan is to demolish the whole complex to open up Paradise Circus. 

An article by Paul Dale for the Birmingham Post on August 6, 2010 referred to the plan to replace the Conservatoire.  Dale reported that, "Leading Birmingham architect Glenn Howells has been appointed to draw up plans to replace the city’s conservatoire, at an estimated construction cost of up to £30 million.  Birmingham City University is looking for a new site for its centre of musical excellence and the adjoining 520-seat Adrian Boult Hall because both buildings will be demolished when the redevelopment of Paradise Circus gets underway.  Three possible locations are under examination but the favourite, which has informal city council backing, envisages a striking four-storey building on the site of the former Register Office in Broad Street. The adjoining former Municipal Bank would become the new Adrian Boult Hall."

Below, the Conservatoire rising above the Fletcher's Walk Shopping Centre, as seen from the Suffolk Street Queensway.

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