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Birmingham

Birmingham

About Birmingham

1,074,300 in city
2,555,596 in metro
109.27 mi² (283 km²)
440 ft

Welcome to Birmingham, the United Kingdom's second largest city.

Despite its current size, Birmingham grew late in relation to other British cities and was a market town right up until the Industrial Revolution. At this time, luminaries such as Matthew Boulton & James Watt (inventors of the steam engine), William Murdock (inventor of gas lighting) and Joseph Priestley (who discovered oxygen) put Birmingham on the map. A massive system of canals were built to cope with the influx of traffic, so that Birmingham now has a more extensive canal network than Venice.

World War II saw heavy damage inflicted upon the city, and an equally brutal reconstruction program that earned Birmingham's inner ring road the nickname 'the concrete collar'. However, Birmingham's relationship with the car goes deeper than this; it saw the building of the first four-wheeled petrol driven car by F W Lancaster in 1895, and now acts as the UK's motor-manufacturing hub (earning it the nickname Brum).

Birmingham has since been reborn as a business and conference centre, and is busy rebuilding itself into the sub-capital it always should have been.

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No. of Buildings

No. Current status
472 All buildings
2
under construction
62
planned
98
demolished
291
existing
19
unbuilt

Tallest buildings

# Building Height Year
1 10 Holloway Circus 427 ft 2006
2 Alpha Tower 328 ft 1973
3 The Orion Building 295 ft 2006
4 Cleveland Tower 295 ft 1970
5 Clydesdale Tower 295 ft 1971

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