Moneywise No More

The 1960s and considerably out of place Moneywise building on Alcester Road in Moseley Village (adjacent to the Prince of Wales Public House) has been demolished and the site almost totally cleared.

This is how the building looked prior to demolition; a 1960's designed office building with retail space at ground floor level. The main frontage was tiered with the ground floor sticking forward of the upper floors and behind the front building a two storey snooker hall.

This is how the site appeared yesterday, Friday 25th.

The new design is much more in keeping with Moseley Village and restores the street scene. Indeed, the Moseley Society Annual Review 2006 - 2007 writes this favourable comment for the design, at that point waiting to sort out the proportion of affordable housing.

We have been able to be positive about the design produced by Glen
Howells for 120-126 Alcester Road, the former ‘Moneywise’ building.
The Society would have preferred that a true mixeduse
site was produced with a floor of office accommodation between the
ground floor retail space and the upper floors of flats. But we are
encouraged by the care that has been taken to design a building that we think will greatly improve the street scene.

This is the approved design replacing the moneywise building.


Anonymous said…
Hi Simon,
The former Moneywise site has seen no activity since it was cleared, until about a week ago. The site has now been fully cleared and another small building at the back-right of the site is being demolished. The party-wall with Prince of Wales has gone, so you can now see into the beer garden from the pavement at the front of the site. The rear wall has gone so you can see through the site into the Police Station parking area beyond.

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