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Report - The Grand Hotel - Birmingham - September 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by RichPDG, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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    The History:
    The Grand Hotel is a Grade 2 listed Victorian hotel in the city centre of Birmingham. Designed by architect Thomson Plevins, construction began in 1875 and the hotel opened in 1874. Extensions and extensive interior renovations were undertaken by prominent Birmingham architecture firm Martin & Chamberlain from 1890 to 1895. Interior renovations included the building of the Grosvenor Room which boasts rich and impressive Louis XIV style decoration.

    The hotel closed in 2002 and due to the risk of crumbling stonework it has been under scaffolding and protective covers since. In 2012 planning permission was granted for plans to restore the building into a luxury 152-bedroom hotel. Works to the exterior began in October 2012

    The Explore:
    Having known about this site since the middle of 2014, I was determined to get out there and get it done but it's one of those sites that kept getting put on the back burner due to other things taking priority. Fast forward a year and I decide that it's now or never so an impromptu meet sees me meeting one of my other good exploring buddies and we proceeded to get it done! Upon entering the hotel, I couldn't believe just how stripped out it was! Finding the ballroom was a mission in itself but eventually we managed it. Only to be met by a locked gate which was easy enough to climb around.

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  2. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Bloody hell, spot on mate :thumb
     
  3. BrainL

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    I didn't enjoy that metal gate haha
     
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    Closed since 2002? Not looking bad for it!
     
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    Planning on going back any time soon?
    Give me a shout if u are, I'd love to have a ganders!
     
  6. Oort

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    Awesome pics! :thumb I had a right boggle with the lighting in there; so much so I haven't bothered to do a report. you're right, finding it is a right PITA lol
     
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    Fab pics.. :Not Worthy
     
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