Island House (Birmingham)
|This article is outdated. (September 2012)|
|Location||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||G. E. Pepper|
Built in 1912, by the architect G. E. Pepper, Island House vaguely resembled the Flatiron Building in New York City. However, although the Flatiron Building was built on a triangular plot of land, Island House was not restricted by land - one road (Fazeley Street) ran adjacent to the building, but there was ample development land to the north.
Located next to the Masshouse developments, Island House was[when?] occupied by teams from Birmingham City Council's arts team, including Film Birmingham, Urban Fusion and ArtsFest. The building was used in conjunction with other establishments in the city, including the Ikon Gallery.
Although Island House's future was jeopardised by the City Park Gate development, the building (along with local public house the Fox and Grapes) was included in these plans; with a refurbishment and an upwards extension designed by MAKE Architects for Quintain.
As of January 2012 there was a campaign to save Island House, which Quintain had successfully applied for permission to demolish. Permission, in principle, was given by Birmingham City Council Planning Committee on 26 January 2012. At that time, however, it emerged that there was an outstanding Section 106 agreement for refurbishment. Quintain applied for permission to vary the Section 106 agreement, but later withdrew their application, claiming that since no building work had commenced they did not need to honour the Section 106 Agreement, which is only triggered when building work commences. The validity of this claim was disputed. Campaigners pointed to Hotel la Tour, which is on part of the land covered by Quintain's original (2006) Planning Application.
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- Birmingham Urban designer and Victorian Society Case Worker, Joe Holyoak on the campaign to save the building