Birmingham news Fears for safety of Rotunda as walkway below sealed off PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - A number of windows lining the iconic city centre structure are missing and now passersby have been stopped from walking beneath
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A walkway beneath Birmingham's iconic Rotunda has been closed off on safety grounds amid concerns over the condition of windows lining the famous structure. Pictures taken today, Monday, February 22, show a large section of the walkway near the Rotunda cordoned off with passersby not allowed to walk directly beneath it. Fencing at the base of The Rotunda, blocking it off as a walkway Looking up at the building - which stands at the corner of the Bullring and New Street - several panes of glass are either boarded up or missing. The Rotunda's management said today the building was "under investigation" and the area below had been fenced off "as a safety precaution". Concerns were first raised last summer over the condition of Birmingham's famous cylindrical building. Passers-by claimed the 20-storey tower looked "shabby" with several boarded-up windows. The sign warning pedestrians they cannot walk under the Rotunda At the time the company which manages the property, The Residential Management Group (RMG), said repairs had been delayed due to last year's lockdown restrictions. A spokesman for RMG said last June: "The safety and security of anyone living in or visiting the Rotunda is our number one priority. "A project manager has been appointed to ensure the damaged glazing panels, which are currently subject to an insurance claim, are replaced as soon as possible. Read More Related Articles When foreign travel will be allowed from UK after Boris Johnson roadmap speech Read More Related Articles Captain Tom Moore's family announce funeral details but urge public to stay at home "Unfortunately, there have been some delays due to the current lockdown measures, but we are working hard to move this forward as quickly as we can.
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. "This is as a safety precaution while the investigation is carried out." The Rotunda was completed by architect James Roberts in 1965 and is 266ft high. But its condition deteriorated as it aged and it narrowly avoided demolition in 1993. English Heritage saved the site and it was granted Grade II listed status in 2000. It was refurbished and turned into flats by developer Urban Splash in 2008 and is now home to chic studio apartments and penthouse flats with spectacular views of the city. On Twitter, locals commented about its state of repair.
One man said: "I think even the owners of The Rotunda (RMG Property Management) are worried now as they have sealed off the base of the tower, even the side bit going to New Street Station. What a disgrace."
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