This weekend I found myself in the centre of Birmingham, and we happen to pass by Waterstones book shop to the rear of new Street, its being hacked about to make way for the new reail station and tram system. But what caught my attension was the way the lower ground floor to the old bank building, now a waterstones, had been exposed, to reveail the old sign I can only think that the planners would, quite rightly, have been all over this, I went into the store to purchase a new Michelin guide for France, and the very helpfull chap told me, they arer recording the information and it will be carefully covered over, and left in place.
Excellent I thought, as I looked at it, but then I started to look at the support structure and the Steel Beam support held up by what looks like cast iron pillars. The beam is a plted and ribbed stell section, not so often seen these days, my father, a steel engineer, said most engineers might not know how to detail this correctly, so I took some time to take a few photos and record the detail
I wonder how good the steel is, from the distance I was able to view it, I wonder how far rust has eaten into the beam, but looking at it, I thought it just needed cleaning and painting.
Still an interesting detail now exposed for a short time, and if your in the area, well worht a visit to see it for your self. in fact the whole area is worth a visit as the station is being reconstructed, I almost said refurbed, its not, it being reconstructed, take a look at the new stainless steel facade, the reflection is interesting, can’t say I like it and I wonder if the sun path has been looked at.
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