Vintage Film & Old Photos Of Birmingham 1950-1989

Bull Ring Shopping Centre (1965) 

Patrick Bradley: Published to YouTube on 29 Jul 2017.

The film was made by the in-house film unit for John Laing & Son. T

In addition to their role leading the Bull Ring Centre’s development t,he firm was also involved with the construction of the M1 motorway and Coventry Cathedral.

The film was not aimed at prospective shoppers, but the town planners and government officials whose financial and political backing was essential to the scheme’s acceptance.

Despite the film’s relentless optimism, Birmingham’s first Bull Ring centre dated quickly. By the time it was twenty years old, plans for a redesign were already in circulation.

The centre’s replacement finally opened in 2003.

“This bright and breezy promotional film explores every concrete corner of Birmingham’s original mega-mall, from planning and construction to the site’s official opening, attended by Prince Philip. Shopaholics, nostalgists and fans of Brutalist architecture alike may marvel at the mall’s serene arcades, continental cafes and modern piazzas – a vision of modernity in concrete and piped muzak.”

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