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UK The Methodist Central Hall / Q Club, Birmingham - September 2018

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I had been waiting to do this one for a month or so; but simply hadn't found the time to hop on the M40 and up to Brum.  

It was a good opportunity to meet up with some explorers whom I have been chatting to for the best part of ten years or so and do an explore at the same time!  

 

We arrived here mid morning one Sunday and once inside; the beauty of the place was revealed!  I really loved this place.  

 

Again though; it was full of the new age era of explorers; about a dozen of them, some videoing and some just shooting photos.  It's rare you bump into a person on explores, but lately its been every explore.  This one was flavour of the month back in the summer though!!

 

After the explore, we went to Costco for a cheap lunch in the canteen there and had a nice, chilled drive around the local area looking for other sites


The Hall, built between 1903 and 1904 by architects Ewan Harper and James Harper and the terracotta was made by Gibbs and Canning ltd of Tamworth, is situated at the northern end of Corporation Street in Birmingham. 

 

The hall is a 3 storey red brick and terracotta building with Grade II Listing on it, with  2000 seats in the main halll over 30 additional rooms including 3 school halls. 

By 1991, the building had been converted into a nightclub which closed in 2002, but reopened as the Q Club in 2007. 

This club's last event at the premises was "Flashback" in 2011. During its time as a Night Club 3 deaths were reported.  

-A punter jumped off the tower in 1998 
-A clubber OD'd in 2000 
-A stabbing outside in 2008. 

The Club reopened in 2012, but closed in 2016.  

 

In 2018; Birmingham city council granted planning permission to convert it into a 147 room hotel costing £35 million.

Works have begun and are expected to be complete by 2020.

 

I just love the contrast between old and new here; with the older Methodists Hall and the big, modern buildings springing up around it.  There is a live part of the building and as we were there, a Gospel Band were practicing literally behind the wall; a strong scent of Jerk Chicken was filling the rooms of the abandoned part.  

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Thanks for Looking, more of the Hall at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157674880523028

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Wow, the place is massive! Some really nice features, including the intact organ which is nice to see :thumb 

Sounds like this was a good trip, quite like Jerk chicken :D 

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