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Old October 8th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #161
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BUMP!

Approved, start late this year!

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NIA REFURBISHMENT PLANS RECEIVE APPROVAL
Monday, October 01, 2012
The National Indoor Arena (NIA) has announced that Birmingham City Council has today granted full planning permission for its proposed refurbishment.

The £20.6m modernisation of the NIA will take advantage of its unique location on the city’s canal side and will feature a new showcase entrance straight from Brindleyplace into the arena, with large glazed views over the water and the city.

Following the decision by the city council Phil Mead, Managing Director of Arenas said, “This decision is extremely positive, and we can now realise our ambitious plans to improve this important world-class Birmingham venue, in line with council’s Big City Plan.
Whilst the NIA is a key national as well as regional venue, it has been over two decades since any modernisation has taken place, and unfortunately this once great building is showing its age and needs improvements.

“This decision will allow us to ensure that the NIA remains a world class venue, and one that complements the already impressive architecture in the west of the city, including the library, the ICC and Brindleyplace.”

The work is set to get underway in late 2012 and will include improved facilities and a much greater emphasis on both the pre and post show experience. The flow within the venue will be made much easier, increasing the ease of access and comfort for promoters, artists and visitors to the building. Coupled with this is the brand new glazed entrance, which will secure the venue as a focal point for the city.

This news follows the recent announcement of a five-year sponsorship deal between the NEC group and Barclaycard, who will become the payment partner for The Ticket Factory, the LG Arena, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) as well as naming rights partner at the National Indoor Arena (NIA).

When the refurbishment of the central Birmingham site is completed, it is proposed the venue will be known as the NIA, A Barclaycard Unwind Experience – underlining Barclaycard’s commitment to providing enriched entertainment experiences for its customers.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #162
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ah great news!
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Old October 9th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #163
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Tis indeed!
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Old October 12th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #164
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You guys beat us to it! We're obviously thrilled that we've been given the go-ahead, we'll be releasing more info soon we'll keep you all posted.

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Old October 12th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #165
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You guys beat us to it! We're obviously thrilled that we've been given the go-ahead, we'll be releasing more info soon we'll keep you all posted.

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Thanks NEC_Group.

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Old December 12th, 2012, 10:33 AM   #166
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The redevelopment of the NIA is about to start, and you can hear all about what is planned at a meeting at the NIA Olympian Suite at 6:15pm on Wednesday 12 December.

As well as an update on the project there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

This is an important development for the city.

http://goo.gl/3aLUy

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Old December 12th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #167
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Wahey, good news. So we have got this and Grand about to start, we are really pulling out the guns atm aren't we?
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Old December 21st, 2012, 05:04 PM   #168
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NIA Redevelopment Update

The NIA is 21 years old and needs to refresh its physical image to maintain its status in today’s more competitive ‘arenas’ sector (there were only five arenas in the country when it was built and there are now more than eleven).

NIA has now virtually finished the pre-construction planning phase and about to start the 18-24 months building project (cost £22 million). First works (which will not be visible from outside) will start by end of January 2013. There was no announcement of the prime contractor.

The conditions attached to the Planning consent include a Sect 106 agreement; the principal element of this was support for transportation Interconnect works.

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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:20 PM   #169
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The NIA has been a huge draw for visitors to Birmingham since it was officially opened in 1991; the flexible arena has since gained a global reputation for world-class sports, headline comedy and music, and a diverse range of crowd-pleasing live entertainment.

Set to undergo a £20.6 million transformation, the modernisation of the NIA aims to take advantage of its unique location on the city’s canal side and will feature a new showcase entrance straight from Brindleyplace into the arena, with large glazed views over the water and the city.

Work will get underway in late 2012 and will include improved facilities and a much greater emphasis on both the pre and post show experience. Coupled with an exciting partnership with Barclaycard, the NIA will offer a vastly improved experience for anyone setting foot in the arena.

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Old January 18th, 2013, 02:32 PM   #170
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 10:59 AM   #171
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Not what we want to hear, from Construction Enquirer:

Galliford Try dropped from £20m arena in Birmingham

Galliford Try has been dropped at the last minute from a £20m contract to refurbish the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Client the National Exhibition Centre named Galliford as preferred bidder last September following a formal tender race.

But both sides have been unable to agree a final price and have parted company.

The NEC said: “This contract was originally let in 2012.

“However due to the NEC and winning bidder being unable to reach a commercially suitable outcome we have ended the contract.

“The NEC has since worked hard on the design to ensure that the scheme is affordable for the market and not relying just on market forces to bring the project on budget.

“The constraints of planning approvals and main sponsor terms for the Arena means the selection of new contractor is required without delay.”

The NEC has published a new OJEU notice for the deal and is looking to reduce the prequalification process to allow a speedy start on site.

Other bidders in the original tender race are believed to have included BAM, Wates, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Carillion.

Up to five firms will be shortlisted and firms must express their interest by February 4
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:20 PM   #172
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That is likely to mean a 6 to 9month delay
Wonder why they havent just gone with the second best bidder - or is there a itime limit on this?
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Old January 24th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #173
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Skanska were 2nd so I suspect they will get it. There will be minimal delay.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #174
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Skanska were 2nd so I suspect they will get it. There will be minimal delay.
If they have published a new OJEU notice then it is an open tender and the process has to start again.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #175
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If they have published a new OJEU notice then it is an open tender and the process has to start again.
Of course the tender process will start again, however it will be very quick and simple as the leg work by all tendering companies has already been done. There will be just a couple of tweaks here and there. My company made it to the final 10 so it'll be interesting if we bother going for it again. I suspect there will be a favoured contractor and I suspect the name of that contractor is "Skanska". Just my two pennies worth.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #176
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Hi guys, just wanted to quickly update you all on where we are.

We are indeed going out to tender but it is a completely open tender process and there is no 'favoured' supplier or front runner. We're excited about what the open market can bring to the project.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 06:32 PM   #177
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Is the council's potential need to sell their part of the NIA going to affect this development at all?
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Old January 30th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #178
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Don't the council own part of the NEC group which thus owns the NIA?
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Old January 30th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #179
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I wouldn't worry about the councils stake being sold having an effect on things, NEC as a whole is very successful, Id expect the NEC group to simply buy BCC share, if not there will be plenty of willing parties interested to invest in my opinion
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Old January 31st, 2013, 12:09 AM   #180
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I wouldn't worry about the councils stake being sold having an effect on things, NEC as a whole is very successful, Id expect the NEC group to simply buy BCC share, if not there will be plenty of willing parties interested to invest in my opinion
Like Dubai. They're still keen.
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