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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:27 AM   #261
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Makes perfect sense for the entrance on Church street, I always wondered how occupants of the hotel would enter, not through the back for sure. How will this impede on Hotel Du Vin I wonder? Fantastic news though.

Well I hope two grand hotels next to each other will persuade some London centric or foreign business types, that they don't have to return to London after a business meeting in our fair city, in order to get a top notch hotel room .
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 03:31 AM   #262
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That would have been about 9 years ago, Reiss. Not only that, I remember seeing it in 2003 without scaffold and fully lit at night, looked exactly as it's name says, 'Grand' Hotel!
Wow so long already! This is a really exciting project! Its going to be so great seeing it come back to life, and Colmore Row won't look like a giant advertising board.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:19 PM   #263
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I've never seen it without the scaffolding either, Always went past and wondered what was underneath and what was taking so long for them to finish whatever they was doing. Will be great to finally see it refurbished alongside 55 colmore row refurb!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:27 PM   #264
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I've been to a do at the Grand but I can;t remember a lot about it......

I totally agree with the previous comments about the importance of this development to the city as a whole. Excellent news.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:25 PM   #265
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This is awesome. Adds an extra touch of class that will trickle throughout the CBD.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 01:19 AM   #266
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Wow!
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:40 PM   #267
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I've been to a do at the Grand but I can;t remember a lot about it......

I totally agree with the previous comments about the importance of this development to the city as a whole. Excellent news.
I have too ... I saw King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys here at a KPMG 'do' about 20 years ago ... the inside is stunning, but needs a bit of tlc to bring it up to scratch
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Old March 13th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #268
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Birmingham heritage watchdogs back £30m plan to revamp Birmingham's Grand Hotel
by Jane Tyler, Birmingham MailMar 13 2012

HERITAGE watchdogs have given the thumbs-up to a £30 million scheme to bring Birmingham’s most iconic hotel back to its former glory.

Plans have been submitted to re-open the Grand Hotel in Colmore Row with 166 bedrooms and eight rooftop suites.

Yesterday members of the city council’s Conservation and Heritage Panel gave the ambitious scheme their approval, saying the proposals were “amazing” and would be an “asset to Birmingham’s social life”.


The Grand Hotel stands eight storeys high and dates back to between 1879 and 1895.

Its banqueting suite was described by Poet Laureate and noted architect John Betjeman as “magnificent”.

It closed in 2002 and since then its owners, Hortons Estates, have considered and dismissed several schemes to bring it back into use.

At one point it faced demolition but last year, after a campaign by the Victorian Society got listed status, although it still remains on English Heritage’s At Risk register.

Hortons chief executive, Tony Green, told the conservation and heritage panel that they liked this latest plan enough to finally submit a planning application.

He told them how at the heart of the scheme would be the restoration of the famous Grosvenor Suite and Grand Staircase, and moving the entrance from Colmore Row to Church Street.

Minimal changes would be made to the facade and eight “sky suites” would be put on to the roof.

The shops below on Colmore Row would also be renovated to fit in with the 1930s style of the existing Crockett and Jones frontage.

Barbara Shackley, from Warwickshire Gardens Trust, said: “I welcome this development because at the moment it is an eyesore.

“It will be a real asset to Birmingham’s social life as it could be used for weddings.

“What the developers are proposing is amazing.”

Eva Ling, from the Twentieth Century Society, said: “This will be a jewel in Birmingham’s crown when it is finished.”

Andy Foster, from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, welcomed it, saying: “I’m very glad to see this scheme and it will be welcome to have the Grand Hotel back in use.”
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:44 PM   #269
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but no news on who will operate the hotel and when work will start... plannign is a positiv step but we need to keep momentum going and get this delivered!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:24 AM   #270
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Spot on Woodie.

This is the most important development currently proposed in Birmingham.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #271
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Would this be eligible to the business tax incentive thing seeing as its been empty..?

I think with Regal now gone with Premier Inn and Copthorne signed up to Paradise Circus, Hilton and the german brand no one can ever remember are most likely
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:30 AM   #272
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It is eligible but the amount of tax relief is capped and therefore it doesn't cover the full cost (better than nothing though)
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #273
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Oh, reminds me.

We were in Gran Canaria recently, and stayed in a RIU hotel - who are not currently in the UK. Their brochure was showing off a new City Centre hotel brand of theirs which is Riu Plaza Granted, the 3 hotels they currently have are all modern, new builds but I couldn't help wondering......
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Old March 14th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #274
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Oh, reminds me.

We were in Gran Canaria recently, and stayed in a RIU hotel - who are not currently in the UK. Their brochure was showing off a new City Centre hotel brand of theirs which is Riu Plaza Granted, the 3 hotels they currently have are all modern, new builds but I couldn't help wondering......
They are mostly for the rich Germans, LOL Especially in the canary islands.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #275
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They are mostly for the rich Germans, LOL Especially in the canary islands.
The old adage when going abroad - If the Germans like it, then it's usually good!
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Old March 15th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #276
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This is the most important development currently proposed in Birmingham.
Agreed!! im really pleased about this, especially after what happened with Island house, this just goes to show that we can look after our heritage and history.!! Will they keep the name "grand hotel"?? I think it's perfect. I'd hate to see it being re-named something pathetic.

Really looking forward to seeing this one develop
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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:17 PM   #277
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I would not say this is the 'Most Important' scheme in the city, New Street defiantly is far more important in terms of the effect it will have on Birmingham. This is easily the most pleasing on the eye in the city
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Old March 15th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #278
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i say 70% important, if 100% is te most... i think new street takes the 100% slot
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Old March 16th, 2012, 12:36 AM   #279
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lights were on in part of the building today, doesn't look special inside for the parts i saw
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Old March 16th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #280
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"doesn't look special inside"...


Well here is an idea of what you might see after renovation

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.o...=all&form=home


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I say, let them do it properly if we get something amazing back to be proud of....a 5* Hotel in Birmingham..hopefully the first of many
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