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Architecture day to debate future of Perrott's Folly

Historic tower which underwent emergency repairs the focus of architecture festival

Perrott's Folly(Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

A community engagement event is being held tomorrow to give people the chance to voice their opinions on the future of Perrott's Folly.

The tower stands at 96 feet tall and was built in the 1750s by John Perrott in Waterworks Road near Edgbaston Reservoir.

Many fans of books by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien believe the tower, part of the recent Hidden Spaces exhibition, provided a key inspiration for his works but nine years ago it underwent a series of repair work because there was a fear it could collapse.

Last year it was sold to Trident Housing Association for £1 and is managed by Trident Reach.

The 'Tomorrow Towers' architecture day is being run by Dan Bagnall who is currently studying at the Birmingham School of Architecture.

He told the Post: "It is asking people from the area and other interested individuals what they think should happen to the grade II-listed tower.

"Their opinions will be predominately expressed through model making which will then be showcased in a eight-feet tall abstract tower structure which we have created especially for the event.

"The project is a collaboration between local charity Trident Reach, art and architecture collective Re:Future, the Birmingham School of Architecture and others."

The day will run from 12pm to 5pm on June 28 at the tower and will also see the launch of a series of workshops which will run bi-weekly.

Workshops will provide opportunities for community members to learn about 3D design, screen and mono printing and drawing.

For more information email info@follyproject.org and no booking is required to attend.

This event is part of Love Architecture Festival taking place in the RIBA West Midlands region throughout June.

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