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The Ikon Gallery, formerly Oozells Street Board School
The tower was demolished in 1976 and restored in 1997

Oozells Street Board School was a Victorian board school in Oozells Street, off Broad Street in Birmingham, England. It's a Grade II listed building.[citation needed]

Designed in 1877 by local architects Martin & Chamberlain, responsible for over forty of the Birmingham board schools, it opened on 28 January 1878 to serve 807 primary children.[1]

In 1976 the tower was demolished on safety grounds.[1] It was rebuilt around 1997 with a steel girder frame. Redevelopment was by Carillion[2] at a cost of £4,700,000.[3]

The building became a college and then a furniture store for Birmingham City Council before being condemned for demolition.[1] It had a last-minute reprieve as the contract for demolition was being agreed and reopened in 1998 as the Ikon Gallery.[1]

Since 1993 it has become surrounded by the new buildings of Brindleyplace which replaced an earlier industrial area of factories and workshops.

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  1. ^ a b c d Norman Bartlam (2002). Broad Street Birmingham. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2874-3.
  2. ^ Carillion plc Archived 17 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Levitt Bernstein (architect) Archived 23 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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