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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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V.T.P.200 | Curzon Street | 200m | 10fl | Canc.

well, it would seem that yes, its a shock but these guys have been in talks with BCC for over a year now ...and whats more.......THE COUNCIL SUPPORTS ITS!!!

Lets give it an official thread

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City's skyscraper theme park plan

The tower is similar to the Stratosphere casino in Las Vegas
A £60m skyscraper with theme park rides and a restaurant at the top could be built in Birmingham.
The 175m (574ft) Birmingham Pinnacle will be built next to Millennium Point, if the city council approves the plans.

Rides include a high level seesaw, a freefall parachute drop, a bungee drop and a 50-passenger gyro ride.

The building would be the Midlands' tallest, the first of its kind in Europe and would resemble the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas.

Richard Pawley, chairman of ROC International Towers which is behind the proposal, said he had been working with Birmingham City Council for the past 12 months.

In 2003, the council said it encouraged well placed, high quality tall buildings that would enhance the city's image.

Mr Pawley said: "The leisure market is set to grow steadily over the next few years and the challenge for us has been to find innovative ways to capture people's imagination. I am sure this theme park will do that."

'Vertical entertainment centre'

Councillor Ken Hardeman, cabinet member for regeneration, said he thought the Pinnacle would be a "magnet" for visitors.

It is hoped that it would attract one million visitors in the first 12 months.

Birmingham City Council confirmed it had been in discussion with the developers and is "broadly supportive of their proposals". It anticipates a planning application "in due course".

If plans are approved, developers said they hope that the "vertical entertainment centre" would be open within two years.

The building would be illuminated by lasers at night and visitors can view the city from an observation point from the top two storeys.

Due for completion later this year, Beetham Tower will become Birmingham's tallest building at 122m (400ft).

The 39-floor tower will include 160 apartments, a hotel and health club.

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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:03 PM   #2
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Sound more than cool,,,bring it on , i love stuff like this
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:04 PM   #3
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Where abouts is Millenium Point?
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:11 PM   #4
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Where abouts is Millenium Point?

http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.c...ut.x=9&out.y=9

There.

I'm asuming that this is intended to take the place which Tate Tower was supposed to occupy?

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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:15 PM   #5
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Perhaps a combination of the BIRMINGHAM WHEEL project with the BIRMINGHAM NEEDLE project...with some TATE TOWER thrown in for good measure? Can't wait for tomorrows announcement!
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 09:03 PM   #6
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what the hell is a vertical theme park?
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 09:18 PM   #7
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I imagine it means something along the lines of Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas but I could be wrong.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 11:36 PM   #8
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What the heck.

This should be interesting...
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 11:38 PM   #9
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Well this has caught us by surprise.Let's see how the story develops.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #10
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pretty cool though. i remember people were discussing how eastside needs touristy things to prevent it from being a housing/business estate. this fits the bill.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:32 AM   #11
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I don't get it. Is Brum going to get something like this ?

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Old March 24th, 2006, 03:35 AM   #12
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No, i don't think so. It'll be something like the Stratosphere tower in Los Vegas. The one with the rollercoaster at the top.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 04:04 AM   #13
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Wow! This is real interesting, there definately pushing for this "world class iconic skyline" they've been talking about.

This is from Las Vegas - could we see something like this.



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Old March 24th, 2006, 06:07 AM   #14
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Hey Sponger ,I hope it's taller than that !
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Old March 24th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #15
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They did say it would be at least 140m - it could be taller! Hang on to your hats folks!
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Old March 24th, 2006, 10:33 AM   #16
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More news will be announced today. Birmingham post has a huge article on it's front page about the new city park at Eastside, but doesn't mention anything else. Midlands today this morning said it will be housed in (or on) a "Skyscraper"!
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Old March 24th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #17
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I wonder if this has any more substance behind it than the giant wheel, or the Birmingham Gate, or the Tate Tower, or whatever else has been proposed in the past in this area....
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Old March 24th, 2006, 11:47 AM   #18
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At least with lots of ideas there stands a chance of a quality scheme getting off the ground ....... you'd hope any way!!
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Old March 24th, 2006, 01:14 PM   #19
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I hope this is something that is realistic and likely to be built rather than just another ambiguous "vision" that never materialises
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Old March 24th, 2006, 01:28 PM   #20
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Generally speaking it goes like this; if it is a hair brained scheme and you see it in the Birmingham Post/Birmingham Evening Mail you can probably ignore it, but if the BBC have got their teeth into something, you can almost guarantee it will happen ... probably!
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