Introducing The International Convention Centre (The ICC), Birmingham, UK

The ICC, designed by Percy Thomas, is the city's major conference venue and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in June 1991. Located between Centenary Square and the Canalside.


The International Convention Centre Birmingham was opened in 1991.

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The ICC Birmingham from Centenary Square with Symphony Hall and The REP (April 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The centre incorporates Symphony Hall and faces Centenary Square  It cost around £200 million and is part of the NEC Group.

There is a public mall that leads to the Canalside, and towards Brindleyplace. This has restaurants, cafes, shops and art galleries inside. There is also a few eateries at the canalside as well.

The ICC Birmingham

The ICC Birmingham (April 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

History of The ICC Birmingham

Construction of The ICC began in 1986 and was completed in 1991. The foundation stone was laid by Jacques Delors.

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Stone laid by Jacques Delors at the Canalside of The ICC Birmingham (May 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The building was built and designed by the Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin. It was officially opened by HM The Queen on the 12th June 1991. It was built on the site of the Prince of Wales Theatre and Bingley Hall, the worlds first purpose built exhibition hall, it opened in 1850. After a fire in 1984 it was demolished, and work on The ICC began 2 years later. The site covers land from the Birmingham Canal Navigations Mainline along Broad Street towards Centenary Square and included Symphony Hall.

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The ICC Birmingham from Brindleyplace (April 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The ICC was renovated during 2015 to 2016. This included new signs around the building, and a new operator of the building called VOX The Conference Centre.

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The ICC Birmingham from the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square (September 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Conferences and Events over the years

Most famously, The ICC was host to the G8 in 1998 with leaders from around the World.

G8 table at The ICC

The G8 table from the 1998 Conference on the wall at The ICC (May 2014). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Conservative Party Conference was held here once every two years starting in 2010, the last one being held in 2018 (2020 was cancelled and went online over Zoom instead).

Conservative Centenary

The Conservative Party Conference 2018 took over Centenary Square (October 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The ICC Mall

You can walk through the mall from Centenary Square towards the Canalside. You would have to go up and down steps. But there is ramps for those who can't use the steps.

The ICC Mall

The ICC Mall (June 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The ICC Mall

The ICC Mall (August 2018). Photography by Daniel Sturley

Project dates

11 Sep 2020 - On-going

Passions

Modern Architecture

Contact

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