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Report - Five ways tower, Birmingham. june 17

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by jellyfish, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. jellyfish

    jellyfish 28DL Full Member
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    Hello all. Another rooftop from me :-)
    This time its Fiveways tower in Birmingham. This place offers some amazing views over Birmingham and beyond, definitely one of the better views iv seen since i started exploring. Visited with @lou2209 who once again had me climbing stuff i wouldnt usually attempt so thanx for the kick up the ars* lol.

    Bit of history, (stolen off wiki ) ........


    Five Ways Tower is a 23-storey commercial building on a 2.1-acre (8,500 m2) prime site located in the Birmingham City Centre by the corner of Frederick Road and Islington Road, near to the Five Ways roundabout and close to Five Ways Station, at the gateway to the Edgbaston area of Birmingham 15, England.

    The building was completed in 1979.

    Several hotels expressed interest in acquiring the building from its owners, since its solid concrete design could be converted into a business class hotel.

    The building is vacant due to the last tenants evacuating the building due to ill health amongst the workforce. It turned out that the building suffers from Sick Building Syndrome, and being expensive to refurbish to modern standards a likely option is demolition in line with the regeneration of the surrounding area.

    The building has in excess of 100,000 sqft of existing net office space, six lifts, basement storage, and a double height floor at the top. The building has a carpark for approximately 200 cars allocated to the Tower.

    The building's architect was Philip Bright of the Property Services Agency. Andy Foster described it as being similar to the work of James Stirling.[1]

    Also, a link for more info on "sick building syndrome"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sick_building_syndrome

    I have to say, upon entering the building both of us felt instantly ill, short of breath and light headed, tho this was probably more to do with the way we got in more than anything else .

    The explore.....

    This one had been on the cards for a white, it was just a case of waiting for access to appear. And access was , lets say, interesting. Involving a wall, some spikey stuff to crawl through, followed by the use of what is basically just a hosepipe . Also the loudest noise on the planet when someone mistook a flat sheet of steel for a solid metal box to stand on. (access we used has now been patched , within a day, so if your planning on going here, check for access first. Security are quite on it here patching up the holes as quick as they appear).
    Anyway, our entry point put us on the stairwell to the roof , and knowing the insides of the building were totally stripped , we headed straight up. 22 floors of stairs followed by 4 ladders later and i was greeted with some great views of the city.

    On with some pics, which really dont do the view from here justice, its one of those you have to see for yourself to appreciate .

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    The mandotary Turners hill pic

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    Edgbaston cricket ground

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    Birmingham City FC :-)

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    Highgate

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    Looking towards the Maypole

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    Really would love to know who used that ......

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    Hope you liked that one, def one of my favorites so far. If anyone uses that swing, i want to see the pics lol.
    Thanx for looking......
     

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  2. Ojay

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    It's a bosun's chair, often used by steeple jacks and in rope access, I'd love to see the certificate of conformity for that, I wouldn't hang my washing on it :rolleyes:
     
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  3. lou2209

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    I personally think the swing looks pretty fun, however I wouldn't use it personally :p

    I'm not sure who put it in place though but the guys I was speaking to who were there a few days before didn't see it!
     
  4. jellyfish

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    @Ojay . Thanx for that. Every days a school day. :-)
     
  5. Eight-Seven

    Eight-Seven This is not a good idea. Let's do it.
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    Nice one. Went to this place back in the day but haven't been able to get back in since. Love the views from the top
     
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