New Advert on the old Grand Hotel

Advert on old Grand Hotel, Colmore Row

Advert on old Grand Hotel, Colmore Row

Members of your City Centre Neighbourhood Forum committee are very unhappy with this recently installed advertisement banner on the former Grand Hotel on Colmore Row. It seems a totally inappropriate installation on the facade of such a beautiful listed building. Not only does the banner create a negative visual impact on the building, its prominent location results in it detracting from the cathedral and surrounding conservation area.

Committee member Jon Lord has checked with Birmingham City Council, who confirmed that no application for the banner has been received.

It is important to note that unauthorised works to a listed building is an offence under Section 9 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990. Could this apply here?

We are very disappointed that it has been allowed it to deteriorate over the past few years without any realistic action plan to renovate such an important historic building.

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “New Advert on the old Grand Hotel

  1. simon gray

    it appears that they’ve now removed the advert & reverted to the mock-up of the building beneath – i don’t know if that’s because enforcement action has taken place or simply because the paid-for time has run out.

    (i’d assume the scaffolding & cover is there because they actually *are* doing something underneath ?)

  2. Geoff Caine

    This is a disgrace and is a massive insult to a tremendous building of great historic and architectural significance.
    I remember the building before it was covered up and attended concerts there. Both its exterior and interior are very impressive and majestic and part of our Birmingham heritage.
    This poster is a blot on the landscape of St Phillip’s Place and Colmore Row is even worse than the picture conveys. It needs to come down ASAP as does the scaffolding and its canvas cover with fake building images.

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