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Old August 21st, 2008, 09:34 PM   #21
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My only problem with it is that it makes the frontages either side of it look even worse!
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Old August 21st, 2008, 10:07 PM   #22
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I don't see that as a problem myself. It'll embarrass the owners into doing something about it. Especially if retailers in the adjacent sides bugger off. WHSmith dropped plans to spend £1.5m on a top to bottom refurb of their store - the biggest and most profitable one they have - in favour of a new carpet and a lick of paint. The minute they find somewhere else suitable, they'll be off. Wouldn't be suprised if BHS up sticks to Martineau Galleries either.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 10:46 PM   #23
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The Birmingham Alliance may have to expand the retail provision in Martineau Galleries if there really is an exodus of retailers from Big Top!
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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:20 PM   #24
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Why is this being lorded while the failed attempt to jazz up the boring frontage with an interactive advertising feature next door? How on earth an advert 100m away can avert one's eyes from a statue of Nelson???
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 09:26 AM   #25
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The Birmingham Alliance may have to expand the retail provision in Martineau Galleries if there really is an exodus of retailers from Big Top!
True. The one thing Big Top does have in it's favour is footfall. Against it is the shapes of the Major Space User units. BHS is split in two at the ground floor, and WHS have huge amounts of space which isn't used at all. Anyone remember the old Music & Video floor in the basement which is closed off now?

Really, it depends on what MG's Rents & Projected footfalls are, and how the arrival of MG could affect footfalls around Big Top. It may be that retailers from other parts of the city move into MG, leaving a better opportunity for the Big Top MSUs - for example, Boots may move from their current spot, leaving a decent sized unit for someone.

Be very interesting to see how this all pans out.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 06:43 PM   #26
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True. The one thing Big Top does have in it's favour is footfall. Against it is the shapes of the Major Space User units. BHS is split in two at the ground floor, and WHS have huge amounts of space which isn't used at all. Anyone remember the old Music & Video floor in the basement which is closed off now?
I remember it well! In fact I had no idea they'd closed off the basement..... I'm obviously not part of their footfall....

WHSmiths record department always makes me laugh....

A friend of mine at school got a job at the old Nelson House on Dale End - if anybody remembers that! He got sent out by his boss on a wind-up to buy "Wide eyed and Legless" by Marty Feldman and Arthur Askey! He went to Tempest who just laughed at him, but in WHSmiths they apologised for not having it and said they could order it for him.....

It's an old joke and probably lost on all you young 'uns! Sorry!
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 04:53 PM   #27
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Why is this being lorded while the failed attempt to jazz up the boring frontage with an interactive advertising feature next door? How on earth an advert 100m away can avert one's eyes from a statue of Nelson???
Maybe the council have a financial interest in the Rotunda screen being commercially successful ? after all they are putting money into it. Not good to have another screen right next door, potentially after the same advertisers. Impartial planning
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 05:54 PM   #28
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I'm glad they refused the planning application for that screen! With this pretty much next door to it, it should convince the owner to do something more substantial with the frontage!
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Old February 17th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #29
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This is a refurbishment. If this is a refurbishment, then I must know what the existing building looks like before it gets the refurbishment takes place. I hope the existing facade looks boring.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #30
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Here you go Jim

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Old February 18th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #31
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Why are they retaining those two 60's blocks either side?
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Old February 18th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #32
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They're owned by different landlords. It's hoped that the refurbishment of this address on the block will prompt the others to get their act together and follow suit.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 01:27 AM   #33
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Because they are part of a much larger complex. Personally I would like the facade either side to be cleaned up with an improved ceiling system / lighting to the undersides of the shelter run.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #34
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There are so many buildings along New Street that would look fantastic if they were cleaned up, Britannia Hotel a prime example! It look's shite with all that grime on the walls, do the council not have powers to force the up keep of privately owned buildings
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Old February 19th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #35
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The refurbished building looks like you demolished the existing building and replaced it with a new one. If you want ti refurbish the building properly, then you should have went with the render on the first post.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #36
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What?
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Old February 19th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #37
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i think he means the 1st render on the 1st page is a lil different and looks better in his opinion...maybe
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That render at the top of your post does not apply to the diagram below from the planning application. The render you just posted is the old one...
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:03 PM   #40
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This will be a nice improvement but it will look so odd if they do nothing about the buildings either side, it will be a mix that looks out of place. If they arnt going to refurbish all these units in one go i think i would rather them just give then a good scrub to clean them up. Its just not gonna look right like this.
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