John Madin’s NatWest Tower could finally go

The landmark NatWest Tower, a building which has lain empty for more than a decade, could be bulldozed in radical new development plans.
The block, formally known as 103 Colmore Row, has stood unused in one of the city’s most prominent locations since 2003 and become the “poster boy” for a lack of speculative development.
A multimillion-pound deal saw it fall into new hands late last year with the promise of one of the city’s most eagerly awaited, and largest, single-space regenerations.
Plans have now been lodged which shed light onto what will happen to John Madin’s 1970s creation which, for some, sits at odds with its grandiose and historic neighbours in the city’s renowned business district.
An application to demolish the 22-storey tower and create a paved external public area has been submitted by new owner Rockspring and its development partner Sterling Property Ventures.
Exact details of what will replace the tower are unavailable at this stage because a full application is being drawn up and is due to be with city planners by April.
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