Victorians Honour the Grand

The Victorian Society’s Birmingham & West Midlands Group has presented Hortons’ Estate with its inaugural Conservation Award. The family owned property company received the recognition for its work restoring the façade of the Grade II* listed Grand, on Birmingham’s Colmore Row. The award was presented to Peter Horton, chairman of the company, by Stephen Hartland, chairman of the Victorian Society’s Birmingham & West Midlands Group at a ceremony in Imperial and Whitehall, the newly refurbished office suites at The Grand.…

Urgent appeal to find missing Tamworth man

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a man who has been missing from hospital since yesterday morning (22 May). ?Graham Crowter was last seen at around 11am on Sunday (22 May) leaving the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston. We believe he may have used public transport to travel to the city centre and onwards to Tamworth or Sutton Coldfield.?Officers now have reason to believe Graham may place himself at risk and are concerned for Graham’s welfare. The 59-year-old is described…

Survey launched to assess the impact of begging on businesses in Birmingham

West Midlands Police have launched their online survey to help them to build an understanding of the impact of begging on Birmingham City Centre. The survey, which will run until 27 May 2016, aims to capture the perception of people who work, live and visit the city centre. You can complete the survey by clicking here. Last year’s survey revealed that 88% of people felt that begging was a problem in the city centre. The impact on business was also…

Natwest Tower Disappears from skyline

Contractors demolishing the NatWest Tower have now reached the 15th floor of the former 22-storey banking HQ. The mothballed tower is being erased from Birmingham’s skyline – it is no longer visible from Broad Street and Centenary Square, while views of the building from St Philip’s Square and Newhall Street have now considerably diminished. According to Peter Graham, construction director at Sterling Property Ventures, development partner of Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP (Rockspring), the demolition programme is on target for…