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Old June 23rd, 2014, 04:38 PM   #1101
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As far as high-density residential buildings go, the Brassington Avenue towers have some stand-out positives - all of the flats appear to be dual aspect, they're really spacious, there's a good mix of property sizes, and there's significant street-level interaction.

It's easy to see these as modern-day tower blocks with a passing glance, but I can't see any of the major mistakes made in tower block design being repeated in these towers.

The height of the towers can be interpreted as a negative as they are quite out of scale with the character of the area - especially given how close they are to the conservation areas (I think there's an Article 4(1) direction next to the train station as well). This could weigh massively against the development and I don't think the scheme would hurt to have a couple of floors chopped off some of the towers. However, personally, I have no problem with it.

In terms of how it looks externally, it seems to lack the elegance that you tend to find with Glenn Howells' designs. I've grown so enamoured with how they tend to accentuate the vertical nature of buildings with narrow windows and continuous lines rising up the building that I'm a bit shocked with how they've completely flipped it for this design. The towers have very horizontal elements and this maybe to reduce the sense of verticality but it also feels like it's lacking the elegance and I'm not completely convinced by it. However there are some subdued vertical elements that I think could ease my into it, it's just how the differing materials work together that will be the test.

All in all, a really intelligent and well-resolved response to the constraints of the site. It appears that it won't just be a pleasant environment to live in but a pleasant one to live near to. It's quite a radical direction for Sutton Coldfield but I'm convinced that Glenn Howells can pull it off. If there are any objections to the height of it, I can completely understand but I wouldn't necessarily agree with them.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #1102
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So it's not simply called "Royal Sutton Coldfield" but "The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield".

And it's now on Google Maps.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en...17294&t=m&z=11
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Old June 27th, 2014, 03:52 PM   #1103
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So it's not simply called "Royal Sutton Coldfield" but "The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield".

And it's now on Google Maps.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en...17294&t=m&z=11
Correct-a-mundo.

Until it is officially shortened or is in common language.
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Old July 28th, 2014, 06:45 PM   #1104
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The Sainsburys on the walsall road is really coming on. It looks like it will be in the same style as the one in Balsall Common.
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Old July 28th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #1105
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I believe it's due to open in early September.
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Sainsbury's Mere Green has started to be refurbished internally this week.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 01:29 AM   #1107
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Sainsbury's Mere Green has started to be refurbished internally this week.

Yes they have this new low level lighting that's so low you think the lights have been switched off
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Old September 17th, 2014, 01:28 AM   #1108
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The new Sainsbury's Local by The Crown in Four Oaks opened last week, and the refurbishment of Mere Green is almost finished now.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 02:25 AM   #1109
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The ex Barclays Bank opposite The Cup is to open next year as Quinto Lounge, part of Loungers.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quint...5383?ref=br_rs
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Old October 28th, 2014, 12:43 PM   #1110
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Fat Face is opening in Sutton. Another coup for Sutton. Opening before Christmas.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 12:31 AM   #1111
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Fat Face is opening in Sutton. Another coup for Sutton. Opening before Christmas.
I think Fat Face is taking the USC unit, yes thats another good catch. The resturant quarter is really coming on now in Sutton :-)
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Old October 29th, 2014, 02:17 AM   #1112
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Anyone know how Mulberry Walk is getting on now?
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Old October 29th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #1113
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I've heard that the temporary Boots store is being installed soon, so presumably once they've moved out of their current store, work might begin on demolition.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #1114
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I've heard that the temporary Boots store is being installed soon, so presumably once they've moved out of their current store, work might begin on demolition.
I dont think anything will happen in Mere Green until the land is sold by the Administrators of Castlemore.
All the work had been done to get planning permission and pre lets from M&S and Boots and offers from Gregs and Cafe Nero etc but sale price for the freehold is £6m and need £6m for construction.
I may be wrong but thats my take.

Links: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news...-green-7684550

and: http://www.cushwakesales.com/Data/CW.../meregreen.pdf
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 02:12 AM   #1115
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Noticed today that demolition has started on the old Sutton college building on Upper Holland Road/Queen Street. Not heard of any plans for this site though.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #1116
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Noticed today that demolition has started on the old Sutton college building on Upper Holland Road/Queen Street. Not heard of any plans for this site though.
Had a lot of fun in that maze of a building!
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Old November 6th, 2014, 01:19 AM   #1117
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Likewise! It used to be a bus station!

I suspect it'll become housing?
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