News that conservation groups have opposed the possible demolition of the NatWest Tower in Colmore Row has caused quite a stir among Birmingham Post readers.
Lodged in January, the application to dismantle the 39-year-old tower is due to be debated by city planners on Thursday while a detailed plan for its replacement its currently being drawn up.
English Heritage called the site its occupies, where Colmore Row meets Newhall Street, "a vigorously architectural corner" while the Twentieth Century Society said it was of "significant architectural interest" and wants to see it re-used, despite laying vacant since 2003.
The city's Conservation and Heritage Panel and the Victorian Society, along with English Heritage, have all objected to the creation of temporary public open space on the site.
Their stance, along with the proposed destruction of the tower, prompted a healthy debate on the Post's website, Twitter and our Facebook page.
Among those taking umbrage with the conservationists' views was 'Barry Sausage' who said "renovation of harsh, outdated buildings is unlikely to solve anything nor entice anyone" while Zola Lloyd said "I won't be sad to see it go: it looks ugly, brutal and incredibly dated".
Another commenter, Feddie, called it another knee-jerk reaction by the conservationists and asked "Why does the Post continue to give these people publicity? They are unelected and do not represent anyone other than a tiny number of like minded luddites".
More responses came via Twitter:
Some people have supported the conservation groups' perspective though.
On Facebook, Ross Hetherington says "Why is it being demolished for something with the same mass/scale?", a sentiment echoed by Paul Delves who added "If they're going to knock it down, surely it should be replaced with a taller higher spec building".
On the Post website, The Modernist said the city had "a fine Modernist and Brutalist architectural legacy and even more should be done to celebrate and protect it", citing the successful campaign in 2013 to prevent Preston's brutalist bus station from being knocked down.
Bobby concurred: "We have an incredible post-modern heritage in Madin's architecture from a time where our city was incredibly brave and looking forward to an optimistic future. Of course, lots of it didn't work....but we have plenty of examples that did."
And on Twitter, Mark Purcell said