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Grand Hotel Colmore Row

Rupert

master brummie
I don't know that the present building is viable but new construction could very well be residential and multi-purpose at a ground level and could be tastefully done with keynotes that would satisfy all. Sidewalk cafes and the odd shop. Streetside sunshades and a tree or two. How this would all be blended in with modern materials is not known. Design inspiration is required. That frontage is very valuable not only in money but also in the visual mind of the people.
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
Thinking back over my lifetime I think the hotel has been closed or in the hands of receivers for longer than it has been open. I remember back in 1979 being a guest at a banquet to celebrate its reopenning after being closed for many years. I used to find the hotel very useful for going in to use their toilets before getting a bus home from the other side of the road. Last time I had a meal there was about 1999
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
The hotel was used for 3 scenes in the film: Toast (the film about the TV chef, Nigel Slater). At the start of the film a young Nigel Slater (played by actor) is dancing with his mum. The photo on this link looks to me like the Grosvenor Room (showing balcony too)

https://www.midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk/2011-02/extra-melissa-is-the-toast-of-hortons.aspx

The other two scenes filmed inside the Grand are: the dream scene after his mum passed away and at the very end when the real Nogel Slater makes a cameo appearance at the Grand Hotel kitchen (i.e. The GH as stand in hotel for the Savoy!) Must have another look at this film. Viv.
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Well Viv,

If Horton's are allowing them to film inside, then it can't be in as bad a condition as they are making it out to be or the HSE would have never allowed them through the doors.

Phil
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Yes it did cross my mind too Phil. Filming would have been late last year as it was screened in February. Viv.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
I think I'm correct in saying that it was filmed at The Grand because The Savoy in London was closed for refurbishment and re-opned only fairly recently.

Big Gee
 

sylviasayers

master brummie
I have some happy memories of the Grand Hotel, from going to Annual Dinners of a company I used to work for, just having a drink in what I think was The Buttery Bar, and the last time I can remember going there was in 1986 during the Jazz Festival to see George Melly, and John Chilvers & The Foot Stompers, what a great night that was. On and I've just remembered we went to a few dances there probably in the 1970s, just as members of the public i.e. not organised privately.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
It was the Buttery Bar, not the Backyard Bar, I was trying to think of! No company I worked for had their do's at The Grand, usually it was The Albany ot the hotel at Birmingham Airport.

I wish I'd seen George Melly at The Grand - absolutely made for each other!
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Thanks for posting the pics Dave. Still the same state. It's such a shame. I have looked through a lot of Horton's sites and I think overall the company are trying (probably not too hard it seems) to come up with a plan either for the present building or another one that might be built on that site.https://www.hortons.co.uk/images/hortons_agmbook.pdf

It all comes down to money and making what ever is on that site viable.As the years go by the building is becoming more and more derelict and will cost a huge amount to renovate. I have seen smaller hotel projects where the owners have renovated the old building and built a tower behind the property. This has happened a couple of times in Vancouver and it seems to be ok. The Hotel Georgia was a Vancouver icon and it survived having been renovated and reopened recently. The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong did something similar to prevent that icon hotel property being demolished. https://www.residencesatgeorgia.com/ https://www.peninsula.com/Hong_Kong/en/Enticements/default.aspx
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
Yes it did cross my mind too Phil. Filming would have been late last year as it was screened in February. Viv.
Filming was done in June/July last year and broadcast Christmas week. Filming was also done at Highbury Hall, Black Country Museum and a house in Moseley. For further info see
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/2010/07/22/oscar-takes-on-young-nigel-slater-role-in-toast/

They used the old Municipal Bank Head Office in Broad Street for studios and offices. BBC were going to film in my house but pulled out
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Hi Carolina,

Thats a brilliant photo, it looks like another one of the withdrawing room off the Grosvenor Ballroom.

Phil
 

john knight

signman
First and only time I was in the Grand was at a works do When I worked for Pepsi-Cola in 1975, we were all booked in to stay the night, and two of the idiots amongst us thought it would
be clever to put all their drinks and a few cigars on to our managers room no., the bill came to nearly £300 ,needless to say next morning when checking out and being presented with his bar bill
he was not amused, he paid it and sacked the two culprits soon after.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Interesting that the ceiling in Carolina's photo once had clouds! I expect over the years the clouds became too expensive to re-decorate. Looks like they invested those savings in a whacky carpet in Phil's photo. Viv
 

Rupert

master brummie
The scaffold structure is supported on built-up cantilevered beams which go through the window openings of the second floor...from Dave's photo's. The second floor windows have been removed and I can't see anything to stop the elements from getting inside...or pigeons for that matter. Maybe there is a barrier inside that can not be seen though. Anyway it seems possible that the second floor is in poor shape from the procedure at this time. There does not seem to be any work in progress from the photo's. I wonder if trucks are coming and going with materials. Is the whole thing in a state of limbo? Blow-up of Dave's photo below:
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Viv

I suppose over the years styles and taste change, I suppose I must be old fashioned because I prefer the version in Carolina's photo.

Phil
 
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