Introducing Orion Building, Birmingham, UK

The Orion Building in Birmingham is a 90 metre high residential build located on Navigation Street, Birmingham completed in 2007. Restaurants include The Stable and Tamatanga.


The Orion Building is located on a site between John Bright Street, Navigation Street and Suffolk Street Queensway. It is directly opposite of The Mailbox. It opened in 2007.

Orion BuildingThe Orion Building (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

On John Bright Street, the building incorporates the façade of a hotel built in 1899-1900 by A. B. Phipson. The Orion Building was built between 2003 to 2005, including flats, by B.L.B. Architects. It was designed by John Rocha. A 1901 block by Frederick W. Lloyd was demolished in 2002 on this site.

Orion BuildingThe Orion Building from Navigation Street (December 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Orion Building from Suffolk Street Queensway

The Orion Building can be seen directly opposite The Mailbox from Suffolk Street Queensway. The overpass leads into the Queensway tunnels. The Mailbox Square / public space is underneath.

Orion BuildingThe Orion Building from Suffolk Street Queensway (December 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Orion Building from John Bright Street

Retaining the brick façade of a hotel dating to the turn of the century (1899-1900), with a modern retail unit below. In 2011 it was occupied by Puro An Organic Salon.  By late 2015 this became a restaurant called The Stable.

Orion BuildingThe Orion Building from John Bright Street (January 2011). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Orion Building from Navigation Street

On Navigation Street there is a Sainsbury's Local supermarket. In 2017 an Indian Restaurant opened next door called Tamatanga. This side of the building is opposite the Grade II listed New Street Station Signal Box. Previous retailers included Intoto Kitchens, Zip and Crosby Central.

Orion BuildingThe Orion Building from Navigation Street (April 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Stable

At the end of 2015, The Stable replaced Puro below the brick façade on John Bright Street. Pizza, Pies and Cider.

Orion BuildingThe Stable at The Orion Building (December 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Birmingham Figure

The Birmingham Figure was sculpted by Lee Grandjean in 1987. It is at John Bright Street, near Navigation Street, and next to the Orion Building. The casino to the left of it used to be called Gala Casino, but is now called Grosvenor Casino. It got a revamp in 2016. It was made out of Lepine limestone, and took the artist 12 months to create. Comprises of three blocks placed on top of each other.

Orion BuildingBirmingham Figure on John Bright Street (April 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015

A trail of painted owls was around Birmingham from the summer of 2015 for 10 weeks. When the trail ended, the owls were auctioned off for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity.

Outside of The Orion Building on John Bright Street was Stop - rewind and come again! by the artist Glenn Anderson. It was sponsored by Fort Dunlop.

Orion BuildingStop – rewind and come again! (by Glenn Anderson) on John Bright Street (July 2015). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Big Sleuth Birmingham 2017

A trail of painted bears was around Birmingham and the West Midlands from the summer of 2017 for 10 weeks. When it ended the bears were auctioned off for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity.

On John Bright Street outside of The Orion Building was Ghostbuster Bear by the artist Laura Bradshaw. The sponsor was New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham.

Orion BuildingGhostbuster Bear (by Laura Bradshaw) on John Bright Street (July 2017). Photography by Elliott Brown

Project dates

11 Sep 2020 - On-going

Passions

Photography, People & community, Modern Architecture

Contact

(for further information)

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ freetimepays.com