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Old January 21st, 2015, 11:13 AM   #761
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Aston advanced manufacturing hub clearance works now complete, time to get building, 3000 projected jobs, hydra force already signed up for a 120,000 sq ft unit

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...opment-8483878
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Old January 21st, 2015, 11:51 AM   #762
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Aston advanced manufacturing hub clearance works now complete, time to get building, 3000 projected jobs, hydra force already signed up for a 120,000 sq ft unit

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...opment-8483878
Hail Hydra.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 11:57 AM   #763
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Im loving the development potential of the old gas towers, we have a similar situation in my city, i'm hoping that the council keep them. Although the Birmingham ones look absolutely massive! Would make an excellent public space.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 12:38 PM   #764
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Aston advanced manufacturing hub clearance works now complete, time to get building, 3000 projected jobs, hydra force already signed up for a 120,000 sq ft unit

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...opment-8483878
There is already construction on site. There is a huge steel frame which is being erected, probably 4 storey, maybe 20m wide
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Old January 21st, 2015, 01:02 PM   #765
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There is already construction on site. There is a huge steel frame which is being erected, probably 4 storey, maybe 20m wide
This article from last October says that Hydra were just starting their building

Maybe that is what is being erected.

http://udc.homesandcommunities.co.uk...ufacturing-hub
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Old January 21st, 2015, 01:15 PM   #766
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Im loving the development potential of the old gas towers, we have a similar situation in my city, i'm hoping that the council keep them. Although the Birmingham ones look absolutely massive! Would make an excellent public space.
You'd think that the round shape (good acoustics) and grimy image would make a great underground/indie music venue.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 03:03 PM   #767
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I noticed new Hoardings around the former, stalled, Granville Court last night.

The one next to the Canal near the Cube.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 09:34 PM   #768
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Has the £20m BCU life sciences scheme been through planning? I've seen planning for the accommodation to the east of the site but can't find anything on the teaching area.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 05:06 PM   #769
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Radisson Blu leaseholder acquired by Dubai group
22 January 2015 02:26 PM Tamlyn Jones
Beetham Hotels Birmingham fell into administration three years ago and has now been bought out by Royal Gulf
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The Radisson Blu towers over Birmingham's skyline - its leaseholder has been bought by Royal Gulf
The home of the Radisson Blu hotel in Birmingham city centre has been bought out of administration.

Beetham Hotels Birmingham is part of Liverpool-based Beetham Organization and was placed under the control of administrators from KPMG in late 2011.

The company held the leasehold of the hotel, which consists of 211 rooms and suites, the Filini restaurant, two bars and flexible meeting and event space.

It has been acquired in an undisclosed deal by property development business Royal Gulf which is owned by the Dubai-based real estate business Select Group.

The sale of the 39-storey city centre hotel, which has continued to trade throughout the administration process, was brokered by the commercial property firm GVA.

Joint administrator Paul Flint said: "We are pleased to announce the sale of the business, after trading the asset profitability for over three years and retaining its position as one of Birmingham's premier hotels.

"The hotel, which has 74 employees, continues to be managed by Rezidor Hotels UK."

Mr Flint, Brian Green and Mark Orton, from KPMG, were appointed as joint administrators of Beetham Hotels Birmingham on December 2, 2011.

GVA acted as adviser to the administrators on the sale.

James Williamson, director at GVA, said: "We are pleased to have advised on the sale of the hotel to a well-funded purchaser keen to invest further in the property and retain the existing management company.

"This is a focal property in central Birmingham that will benefit from an owner keen to work with the operator to maximise the business."

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...-dubai-8497795
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:54 PM   #770
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Prestige or priorities - two differing views on where the focus of development should be in Birmingham:-

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Prestige or Priorities – City Centre Development Debate

As part of a new academic study on industrial policy, well known Aston academic David Bailey suggests city centre development in Birmingham has been at the expense of key services. He makes his case here, whilst later Patrick Willcocks will argue the ‘glamour’ projects have driven jobs – and we need more, not less of them.

One of the somewhat under-reported findings of the hard-hitting Kerslake report was his recommendation that regeneration in Birmingham “must take place beyond the physical transformation of the city centre… the council needs to engage across the whole city, including the outer areas”.
And in particular, he identified the £188m cost of the Library of Birmingham as a major contribution to the Council’s debt problem. While Kerslake doesn’t explicitly state this, it should be noted that this borrowing was being undertaken at the same time that social services were being under invested in.
Evidence on the latter point comes from the 2014 Le Grand Report which reports a “long standing under-investment in children’s services”.
It seems that public funds were being diverted from critical services such as social services into a city centre vanity project. This isn’t new: the focus of successive leaders in Birmingham over several decades has been to focus on city centre glamour projects.
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Prestige or Priorities: Can you imagine a city centre without the ICC and Brindleyplace?

In the second part of our city centre development debate, Patrick Willcocks – a former Birmingham City Council officer – argues the investment in the centre and glamour projects have brought jobs but that we now need smarter economic development.
Professor David Bailey argues for a move away from an economic development focus on the city centre and the glamour projects that started with the 1998 Highbury Initiative. I think this is wrong. Let me first address the focus on the city centre and secondly the impact of such ‘glamour’ projects.

A recent report by the Centre for Cities on Birmingham says:
In order to support future jobs growth in the city, Birmingham City Council and its partners should focus economic development measures in the centre.
The key fact is that private sector jobs in the city centre rose by 17% between 1998 and 2011, with jobs in the same sector falling significantly outside the centre. In fact the city centre was the most significant jobs hotspot across the whole urban area.
This jobs growth was precisely because of investment in the city centre.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 12:07 AM   #771
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£188m cost of the library, but wasn't this s106 money that had to be spent, the council had to get the library built quick or else it was going to be given back to developers. This money could not have been spent on other services or outside of the centre. Also, the new library and archives is far cheaper to run than the old one, giving savings to the council. Labour councillors are using the LoB as a scapegoat.



"Can you imagine a city centre without the ICC and Brindleyplace?". Or even the NEC. Just look at the jobs growth around the NEC (was council owned until last week). Invest and the jobs will come. I expect HS2 to have a dramatic effect on jobs and investment. Look at London and all the new developments going around Cross Rail stations.

Millennium Point kick-started Eastside, one of the largest development areas in Europe.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 12:38 AM   #772
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I'm sure there was a loan for the LoB. S106 payments can't be spent on a library like that... Maybe a local library but not a central library. S106 payments are meant to be contributions to make otherwise unacceptable development acceptable.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 02:06 AM   #773
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I'm sure there was a loan for the LoB. S106 payments can't be spent on a library like that... Maybe a local library but not a central library. S106 payments are meant to be contributions to make otherwise unacceptable development acceptable.
I seem to recall something about a loan being secured on future business rates from Paradise Circus.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 09:45 AM   #774
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The Prestiege vs Priority is the same argument Theresa Stewart used in the late 90s when she was council leader. She slammed the brakes on development projects across the city, which took the city the next ten years to recover from in term of reduction in investment from outside of the city.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 02:15 PM   #775
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People who argue about the £188m price tag for the library often forget that includes fit out, moving all the stock from the old library and a maintenance contract that will cover repairs for x amount of years


Also cheaper running costs than the old library, also included expanding and renovating the rep


Not to mention freeing up the paradise circus redevelopment


Not a bad price in my opinion
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:49 PM   #776
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I disagree for a building of this level of detailing and workmanship is woeful value for money.

It's currently costing £22million a year. £12m in debt repayments and £10m to run. To save £1.5m from the operating costs they're making 100 people redundant and almost halving it's opening hours from 73 to 40!

The £188m figure also forgets the interest charges which will take to total cost up to £590m, as well as the cost of the land (with the civic heart of the city now in private ownership), a ruined square with an amphitheatre that is mostly occupied by a table tennis table and the fact that that £40m would have dramatically reinvented Central Library.

Brian Gambles also insisted that the new library would be 25% bigger and would accommodate every book currently held - all two million of them. LoB eventually opened with a million books and the area finally approved by the planning committee almost 1,000 square metres smaller than Central Library.

Paradise circus could still have been redeveloped.

A very bad price in my opinion
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:56 PM   #777
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Still, I suppose they managed to get a bit of press coverage out of it
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 05:10 PM   #778
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I noticed new Hoardings around the former, stalled, Granville Court last night.
Just been down Granville Street and they are adding branding to the hoardings.

You guessed it SEVEN CAPITAL
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 06:46 PM   #779
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Brian Gambles also insisted that the new library would be 25% bigger and would accommodate every book currently held - all two million of them. LoB eventually opened with a million books and the area finally approved by the planning committee almost 1,000 square metres smaller than Central Library.

Surely that can't be right it doesn't add up just looking at the size of the buildings
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That's what Alan Clawley reckons and he comes across as a stickler for detail http://thebirminghampress.com/2014/1...home-to-roost/

Some good articles on here about the Libraries
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