Owning a Listed Building

on April 5th, 2018 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

A building is listed when it is considered to be of special architectural or historic interest at a national level and is therefore worthy of special legal protection in the planning system. Buildings and structures can be listed Grade I or Grade II* or Grade II, but regardless of the…

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Pugin: The True Story

on February 9th, 2018 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

It is Thursday, 16th October 1834. Thousands of spectators are on the streets of London. Balconies are crammed with people eager to see the astounding spectacle of the Houses of Parliament being consumed by fire. The eminent architect Charles Barry returns to London aboard a packed stagecoach determined to win…

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Square deal for Coventry, City of Culture, 2021

on March 4th, 2017 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Coventry is bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021. It is a city of great historical significance and world class potential, but it took many knocks in the Twentieth Century that dented its image. Could public realm investment be the key to Coventry being a City of Culture winner?…

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Warwick Castle’s heavenly landscape

on March 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

The visitor to Warwick Castle progresses through the countryside with a growing appreciation that they are approaching greatness. The landscape itself is a character in the unfolding drama.

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Free Gorillas

on October 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

“An adventure in one of the most wonderful places on earth” Kivu, an orphaned mountain gorilla, rules over Silverback Valley in the extraordinary African rainforest. Under his watchful protection the animals are kept safe. When a severe storm brings the arrival of a fierce crocodile, it threatens the future of the…

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How an old mill inspired Tolkien’s Middle Earth

on September 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

“I took the idea of hobbits from the village people and children… it was a kind of lost paradise.” JRR Tolkien on Sarehole Mill, his Midland’s home, (from an interview given to the Guardian in 1966).

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Selfridges looks to Milan

on April 7th, 2016 in Uncategorized by | 1 Comment

We’ve been helping design aficionados at the Selfridges store in Birmingham to understand why Birmingham and Milan are sister cities. Both have a proud industrial heritage and a historic reputation for design excellence. In the Victorian period Birmingham played a key role in the birth of the international Arts and…

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Beverly Hills threatened by ‘McMansions’

on January 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Diane Keaton, actress and conservationist, describes Los Angeles as being 72 suburbs in search of a city. Where is the city centre? She says it’s in the imagination of the Angelenos. “… It’s the store shaped like a camera on Wilshire. It’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s crumbling Ennis Brown House. It’s…

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Festive album marks 175 years of service by the Sisters of Mercy

on December 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

2016 marks the 175th anniversary of two important Gothic buildings designed by Pugin in Birmingham. The stunning St Chad’s Cathedral, (the first cathedral to be built in England since Wren completed St Paul’s in London) and the beautiful Saint Mary’s Convent, built for – and still occupied by the Sisters of…

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Sutton Coldfield says YES to a town council

on July 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

A new Royal Town Council will be established with the first election of councillors in May 2016, following a massive 70% yes vote.

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