The scaffolding is being taken down from the building in Colmore Row and Church Street to reveal the buildings splendid ornamental stone façades, which have been carefully repaired and resculptured adding new stone where needed .
Tony Green, CEO of Hortons’ Estates, tells me:
“By Christmas we hope to have all of the work currently on site completed and the scaffolding removed. This includes the new shop fronts on Colmore Row and the two floors of offices above.
We will then turn our attention to the hotel aspect.“
The Grand Hotel in Colmore Row was closed in 2002 with crumbling stonework. The Building, dating from the late 19th century, is owned by Hortons’ Estates who began £30m of restoration in late 2012.
This is splendid timing, taking place close on the heels of the re-opening of New Street Station and the opening of Grand Central and the John Lewis store. These are attracting tens of thousands of visitors everyday. Let’s hope that there are investors amongst these who will also visit the Grand and be enthused to invest in the hotel.
The prestigious Grand Hotel should become a must-stay-at hotel in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Colmore Row, like many other places in the city centre, is currently scarred with building demolition and refurbishment and so scaffolding is the impression left with residents and visitors. Removal of scaffolding from the Grand Hotel should produce an attractive visual distraction and reduce this sad impression.
Below is a gallery of photos I took today.
Article by Geoff Caine
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