Jim Roberts (architect)

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James A. Roberts (born 1922 in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England) is an English architect, known for the Rotunda in Birmingham,[1][2][3] from which he ran James A. Roberts Associates.

He was a senior lecturer at the Birmingham School of Architecture in his younger years and had a large architects practice in the Rotunda, a grade II listed cylindrical building, that was designed by him, located in the city centre of Birmingham.

He was also responsible for other structures in Birmingham's postwar regeneration including: The Ringway Centre and the former Albany Hotel.[2] One of his most successful projects was The Belfry Hotel and Golf Centre, in Warwickshire, spiritual home of the Ryder Cup; Solihull Library and Police Station; St John's Beacon, (Radio City building) Liverpool, known for its revolving restaurant at the top; and the Mander Shopping Centre.

He was a member of the Civic Trust Association and was responsible for the conservation and restoration of notable old buildings resulting in him receiving several Civic Trust Awards, notably for restoration of the 16th-century manor house, Madeley Court, Telford, into a prestige hotel.

He now lives in Lymington, Hampshire.


  1. ^ Edwards, Kathryn (13 September 2007). "Sky-high future for city landmark". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tobin, Hannah (10 April 2012). "How Birmingham changed following World War II". BBC News. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Rotunda". SkyScraperNews. 19 February 2006. Retrieved 24 May 2017.