Ladywood is an area of inner city Birmingham, covering part of the western area of Birmingham city centre. The area was subject to massive postwar redevelopment, being designated as one of five Redevelopment Areas in the city. Towers blocks were approved for the area from 1957 through till 1968. In recent years the area has undergone significant investment which has seen numerous blocks demolished and others refurbished.
The area is also the first in Birmingham to see a new wave of social housing being constructed, on Morville Street, albeit lowrise.
The first blocks to be approved were three 8 storey blocks and a 6 storey block on Gilby Road, plus five more 6 storey blocks on Browning Street, in 1957. The following year, a 12 storey block was approved for Gilby Road. In 1962, two 16 storey blocks were approved for St Vincent Street. In 1963, a single 16 storey block was also approved for St Vincent Street, plus a 9 storey block for Browning Street. In 1965, two 20 storey blocks were approved for King Edward's Road, and in 1968, a final 20 storey block was approved for Summerhill Street.
The three 20 storey tower blocks are:
The three 16 storey tower blocks are:
The single 12 storey tower block on Gilby Street is:
The single 9 storey tower block on Browning Street was:
The three 8 storey tower blocks on Gilby Street were:
The 6 storey block on Gilby Street was:
The five 6 storey blocks on Browning Street were: