Visitors to Birmingham city centre will have noticed the Rotunda beginning to regain its old curves, as a new skin of glass panels brings the ageing structure bang up to date.
The distinctive 1960s building had been stripped of its old windows, cladding and roof so onlookers could see right through its structure. Apartments there will have floor-to-ceiling glazing and a third of the 20-storey building has now been covered in a modern glass facade. New internal structural framework is also being added to the building.
Developed by Urban Splash, all 232 apartments have already been sold. Architect Glenn Howells has designed the new-look landmark, which is expected to be ready by spring 2008.
Meanwhile another iconic Birmingham building, Fort Dunlop, is getting ready for its grand launch on December 1.
All of the Fort's ground floor has now been let to retailers, most of them contemporary and artistic companies. Retailers who have signed leases include Dwell, a modern furniture store which has relocated its flagship store from London to the Fort.
A spokeswoman for Urban Splash said the second floor of the seven-storey building may now also be let to retailers.