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Old March 8th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #41
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Birmingham council is seeking a joint venture partner to deliver a £35m "digital plaza" at Birmingham Science Park in Aston.

The council will unveil its plans and timeframe to appoint a jv partner at a seminar tomorrow morning at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes.

Subject to consent, the digital plaza will comprise four new buildings totalling 117,000 sq ft and will range in size from two buildings of 17,500 sq ft each, alongside a 36,000 sq ft and 46,000 sq ft scheme.

The bigger buildings are expected to appeal to larger companies as headquarters-style facilities. The buildings will be linked by a colonnade walkway on land fronting on to Holt Street and will be located next to the park's existing Faraday Wharf complex.

The scheme will be aimed at the new generation of hi-tech start-up companies.

Councillor Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham council, which owns the Birmingham Science Park, said: "We will be using the conference as a platform to initiate conversations with national and international developers, contractors, investors and consultants.

"We then expect formal proceedings to begin the selection process to commence, with a view to work potentially starting on site by late 2012 or early 2013."

Dr David Hardman, BSPA chief executive, added: "In order to remain competitive, we must create buildings which are specifically designed for companies in the hi-tech and digital gaming sectors and for the digitally savvy founders of these ventures."

More than 37,000 sq ft of offices has been let on the 14-acre BSPA estate over the past 12 months. Faraday Wharf, which incorporates meeting and conference rooms, as well as an incubation centre, is now more than 95% let.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 11:17 PM   #42
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indeed..... although what news we may or may not hear.. well you can only guess!

we havent even got a website this year :o(

....and yet our competition up the road still does....
The closest i can find is Business Birmingham's events schedule.

http://businessbirmingham.com/servic...-8th-9th-march

I'd love to see Whitby's discussion with Sir Howard Bernstein at 2.30 pm.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 01:27 AM   #43
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Wasn't there talk a while ago about Cisco Systems moving into Brum in a significant way?

I beleive there was speculative talk and draft designs around a massive pyramid office building for Cisco on the site of what will now be the High Speed rail run in to Curzon Street during the heady boom time we enjoyed a few years ago, when all sorts of exciting projects were about to be unleashed upon us. I could be wrong but I beleive BCC actually said no to them. They had greater plans for the area that included an enormous vertical entertainment tower complex.:doh
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Old March 9th, 2011, 01:34 AM   #44
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fresh from egi...

I hope the Digital park isn't the only significant announcement we are going to get from MIPIM this year. Though again I'm not counting on this gathering of the great and the good utilising my Council Tax money to give us anything better than they have in the last few years, other than further false hope and promises.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 07:22 PM   #45
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Was this the "MAJOR" announcement from Rider Levett Bucknall?

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BIRMINGHAM-based property and construction consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall has been appointed by the State Bank of India to fit out and refurbish nine of its High Street banks in the UK.

Wolverhampton and Coventry are two of three locations which will see new branches of the bank while existing sites in six other areas will undergo a refit, including the Birmingham operation in Handsworth.
http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westm..._section=19011
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Old March 9th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #46
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i hope not....
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Old March 9th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #47
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welll, it was due out today and this is the only thing regarding them i can find.....
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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:04 PM   #48
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Was this the "MAJOR" announcement from Rider Levett Bucknall?
It's just something about refurbishing a few branches for an Indian bank.
www.businessbirmingham.com have the story.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:08 PM   #49
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The way it was talked up as being a major contract coup i was expecting something far far far bigger to be honest
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Old March 9th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #50
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talk about an anticlimax...
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #51
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Today's schedule.

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HOW SHOULD CITIES SUPPORT ZERO CARBON PROPERTY?
Hotel Stephanie, Salon Renoir, Breakfast 8.00 - 9.00am

UK Housing Minister Grant Shapps has confirmed that all UK commercial buildings will be zero carbon from 2019. The announcement has been welcomed by the industry, but there are concerns about potential costs, which some believe will prove challenging for commercial developers. Delegates will hear from Birmingham and Gothenburg, cities tackling the challenge, with the UK’s leading sustainability expert providing specialist commentary. The event will take place as a breakfast panel debate.

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Nick Duxbury - Inside Housing magazine
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Mark Barrow, Strategic Director of Development at Birmingham City Council
David Adams, Head of Retrofit for Willmott Dixon
Bo Aronsson, Project Manager for RiverCity Gothenburg, City of Gothenburg


UNDERPINNING BIRMINGHAM'S BIG CITY PLAN
Birmingham Stand: R27.09, 10.15 - 10.45am

Keepmoat’s Director of Partnerships Eugien Jaruga, will speak about Keepmoat’s track record of delivering full regeneration packages, its longstanding relationship with Birmingham and the importance of working in partnership to achieve successful sustainable communities.

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Eugien Jaruga , Director of Partnerships, Keepmoat


VISION FOR MOVEMENT - SMARTER TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
Birmingham Stand, R27.09, 11.00am - 12.00pm

This event will outline Birmingham’s compelling vision for smarter transport and how this is transforming the city. Birmingham’s ‘Vision for Movement’ will connect high speed rail to a comprehensive network of rapid transit, bus, rail, cycling and walking routes that are being developed to underpin Birmingham’s economic regeneration, and cement its future as a truly global city with a local heart.

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Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council
Gary Taylor, Managing Director of Argent Group PLC
Geoff Inskip, Chief Executive, Centro
Glenn Howells, founding Director of Glenn Howells Architects


SMARTER DESIGN - LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham Stand, R27.09, 2.00 - 2.30pm

Library of Birmingham will introduce to the international property industry a newly-released fly-through which highlights some of the key features within the iconic development.

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Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council
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Old March 10th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #52
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Is Birmingham and Manchester the only cities represented at MIPIM? Because in other parts of the forum its not talked about.
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Birmingham attracts more than 900 investors
Last updated: Fri 11th March, 2011 | Time: 14:07pm
Birmingham’s delivery of large scale infrastructure, transport and retail developments attracted more than 900 investors to the city’s MIPIM stand, it has been revealed.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby, said: “Birmingham has upped its game in how it promotes itself as a global city and is now a premier destination of choice for investors.

“MIPIM has provided the city with an opportunity to not only showcase our vision for making Birmingham a leading global city in which to live, work and invest, but to engage with over 900 representatives of the global developer community.

“The Big City Plan, our blueprint for investors to see how the city will develop over the next 20 years, our vision for improving the city’s transport network and connections, with the runway extension at Birmingham airport and HS2, made for a compelling offer for delegates at the conference and I am looking forward to progressing some of the connections we have made this week.”

Major announcements made at MIPIM involving Birmingham included the unveiling of images of the New Street Station/John Lewis development, a certificate of immunity granted for the library and Rider Levett Bucknall being appointed by State Bank of India for a project fit-out and refurbishment plan for nine high street branches.
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...mingham-mipim/

Now lets hope we see some actual investment
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Old March 11th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #54
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Am I the only one who thinks it's pretty embarrassing for Birmingham to be standing up at events like this and talking about "transport solutions", when our grand vision for the future essentially consists of a new bus service?

There can't be many major cities in Europe with a less impressive system than us, surely?

(I should point out that I understand that this is for a variety of reasons, most of which aren't Birmingham's fault.)
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Road wise we are ideally located with the M6, M5 and M42, dont forget a lot of money is being invested into the M6 widening programme.

Rail wise we are ideally located with most trains stopping at birmingham, you can practically get a train anywhere and our cross city line (when the workers arent on strike!) is quite good to be honest. And with HS2 it puts at the centre of a transport hub

Bus wise and metro wise we are lacking though
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Old March 14th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #56
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Am I the only one who thinks it's pretty embarrassing for Birmingham to be standing up at events like this and talking about "transport solutions", when our grand vision for the future essentially consists of a new bus service?

There can't be many major cities in Europe with a less impressive system than us, surely?

(I should point out that I understand that this is for a variety of reasons, most of which aren't Birmingham's fault.)
Totally agree. It's only mildly less embarrassing than the annoying habit of the city calling itself "City of Sport" whenever it can.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 03:54 PM   #57
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Business Birmingham to showcase the city at MIPIM

Business Birmingham and the city’s business community are joining forces once more to promote Birmingham’s investment opportunities to 18,600 delegates from 90 countries at MIPIM 2012.

Birmingham is hosting an extensive events programme during each day of MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate event (Cannes, March 6-9) – highlighting world-class strengths in areas including connectivity and infrastructure, and outlining investment opportunities resulting from initiatives such as the Big City Plan and HS2.

Some 16 partners from the private and public sectors across the city will work together to showcase Birmingham’s collaborative environment, supportive business networks and the economic conditions that help to support business growth and entrepreneurship.
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 08:56 AM   #58
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Hope we get a couple towers out of mipim this year
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 10:46 AM   #59
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Doubt it Josh.

I got my old little booking form through the other week.

Not going.

I can see HS2 being the "golden ticket".
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 12:24 PM   #60
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think youre right. HS2 will be the main talking point as well as on site projects such as new street, the library and the metro demonstrating current investments in the city...

will be interesting to see what - if anything - is announced this year!
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