Incredible artist’s impression of ‘Birmingham in 2002’ – and they were way off – Mirror Online
The futuristic sketches from 1952 show the city’s clean and quiet streets with angular, space-age looking cars and buses
These incredible drawings show an artist’s impression of how Britain’s second city would have looked in 2002.
The futuristic sketches appeared in a 1952 book called ‘Birmingham – Fifty years on’ by Paul S. Cadbury.
Pedestrians wander along the clean and relatively quiet city streets which are dotted with imposing modernist buildings.
It features a dual carriageway on Colmore Row with with angular, space-age looking cars and buses, Birmingham Live reported .
In the radical plans, Snow Hill Station was to be transformed into a sister station to the iconic Grand Central Station in New York.
Additionally, radical concept designs for a tunnel running underneath the city were also included.
Annotations in the book note how part of the wall to St Philip’s Cathedral could have been knocked down to make extra space for the road extensions.
It also shows a high-rise office building in the background and what looks to be shop awnings in front of the Grand Hotel – which isn’t too different from the shop fronts which occupy the ground floor space today.
An idea for Snow Hill to be a sister station to the Grand Central Station in New York is another eye-catching entry.
Although it is just a sketch in the book, the famous US station is superimposed over the 1952 Snow Hill station, imagining it as one of the biggest buildings in the city.
For perspective, Colmore Row and a number of other streets are highlighted, showing how grand Snow Hill could have been.
The book, which has been shelved in the Library of Birmingham, was originally published by The Bournville Village Trust.
It recently surfaced on Twitter from a person who found a copy in the University of Birmingham and shared a few pages from it on the social platform.
Pete Richmond, chief executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “It is fantastic to see these images being shared again today, and they act as an important reminder of the lasting legacy and influence on design and place-shaping of the Cadbury family on the wider city of Birmingham.
“The Cadbury family, particularly our founder George, was bold and innovative just as these designs would have been at the time. Bournville Village Trust is proud to carry on this place-shaping legacy today, in partnership with others, in Birmingham and the wider community.”