With sexy new buildings popping up all the time, Birmingham is shedding its reputation as one of Europe’s drabbest cities. But there are still a few mingers around – Birmingham New Street Signal Box take a bow.
Slap-bang in the centre of England’s second city, on the corner of Navigation Street and Brunel Street, you will struggle to find an uglier building. Birmingham New Street Station’s signal box is a masterpiece of brutalist architecture.
Seen below with the swanky Mailbox development in the background, this 1960s-built monstrosity houses a functioning signal box, needed to co-ordinate the comings and goings at one of the UK’s busiest train stations.
Its corrugated concrete design is sure to depress anyone who walks past. It’s a major reason why Birmingham is still seen by many as an ugly city, especially on a grey day such as the one when I took these photographs of it.
And being a Grade II listed building, it won’t be going away or changing its appearance anytime soon, even though New Street Station is undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment to finally bring it into the 21st century.
Here are some photos of more brutalist buildings in Birmingham:
If you’re thinking Birmingham looks a really grim place, have a read of my previous blog post Top 5 iconic Birmingham buildings to restore your faith in our second city.