Pretoria Image: Buildings in Colmore Square

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Building to the south of Colmore Square is No 1 Colmore Square.

Completed in May 2004, this speculative office development is one of the most prestigious office properties to be developed outside London. The property comprises 10 floors of offices with two basement levels of car parking completed to the very highest specification offering 202,000 sq. ft. (18,765 sq. m) of accommodation. The building was fully let to Ernst & Young, Martineau Johnson, Cobbetts, DTZ Debenham Tie Leung and Gerrads. Shortly after Practical Completion, the investment was sold to Anglo Irish Bank for circa £90m.

This is Colmore Gate from Bull Street in Birmingham. It is an early 1990s shops and offices building.

Colmore Gate is an office and retail building in Birmingham, England. An example of early 1990s architecture by the Seymour Harris Partnership, the lift shaft is on the outside of the building and the windows are tinted a dark blue colour. The design blends a traditional look with modern materials and style. It is situated in the heart of the business district of Birmingham. The building is home to many large companies.

The building was constructed after the developers bought the patch of land off another developing company whilst they were constructing a building there. The structure of a building was on the site and it was taken down before construction of Colmore Gate began

From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham –

Colmore Gate, shops and offices of 1990 – 92 by the Seymoure Harris Partnership, with a fourteen-storey tower. Silver reflective glass and more blue pearl granite. The mullions defining the centre of each side end at the top in half-rounds, like Cass-Gilbert-period New York. Very dominating from Colmore Row and the Cathedral churchyard. Built for the Church Commissioners.

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