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BRUM LIBRARY ARCHITECT BROUGHT TO BOOK IN HISTORIC DOC

19-05-2008

John Madin

An historic BBC documentary about the Birmingham-born architect John Madin, who designed the city’s controversial Central Library and redesigned the centre of West Bromwich, has now been put online.

The film – part of the Six Men documentary series – dates from 1965, and captures Madin at both at work and at home in his luxury Edgbaston pad.

It’s by no means a hagiography – narrator Rene Cutforth wonders whether he’s a good architect or just a good salesman, for example – but offers a unique insight to a man who designed most of Birmingham’s distinguished buildings of the 60’s and 70’s.

Some, notably the Post and Mail offices, have now been bulldozed, while others including the Central Library and Chamber of Commerce offices in Edgbaston and are endangered.

In West Brom, he designed the Ring Road and was responsible for the town's pedestrianisation.

If nothing else, this terrific film gives a real sense of the energy and creativity Madin brought to his work, even if his legacy isn’t to everyone’s taste.

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