Few people left a mark on Birmingham like John Madin.
However, it appears barely a week goes by these days without someone trying to erase the divisive architect’s work.
However, work to demolish the library, as well as Birmingham Conservatoire, has already begun.
Here, we take a look at the Madin buildings which have recently been knocked down, or are living a charmed life...
When he died in 2012, tributes poured in for Mr Madin.
Among them was Glenn Howells, of Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects, who said: “He was probably the most important mid-20th century architect that the city had in that he brought international examples and experience to bear in the city.”
Matthew Dobson, regional director of RIBA West Midlands, said: “John’s vision of a modern city is expressed through the striking legacy of buildings, ideas and concepts that resonate with us today. They are the measure of a truly remarkable, skilful and visionary man.”
However, much of his work has been derided in Birmingham in recent years.
Most notably, Clive Dutton, the city’s then director of planning and regeneration, described Central Library as a “concrete monstrosity”.