TP Bennett reveals Brum department store plans

The new internal atrium proposed as part of TP Bennett's redevelopment of the Rackhams department store in Birmingham

Scheme would add three new floors and ‘Corbusian’ roof terrace to Festival of Britain-era landmark

TP Bennett has drawn up proposals to substantially remodel Birmingham’s oldest still-operational department store, adding an extra three storeys and a roof garden that references Le Corbusier to the post-war building.

The practice designed the House of Fraser store – still better known to most Brummies by its original name of Rackhams – in the 1950s, and it was built out in phases over more than two decades.

But while the new scheme, created for property owner Legal & General Assurance, would presereve much of the existing structure’s exterior, its future use would be focused on office and leisure uses with just two floors dedicated to retail.

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