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Old July 17th, 2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Official Birmingham Development Thread 43!

as you were...

if someone can do a development overview, i will post it at the top of the thread...

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Old July 17th, 2014, 04:53 PM   #2
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I know Sefton normally gives a literature list review of the projects and I don;t want to take that away and this is nowhere near complete but it's getting there but I thought i'd post it anyway. it's in the same format as the London one and helps I think showcase what's happening/could be happening in the city better.



Birmingham - Full Summary of Projects

Useful Links
Birmingham Planning Portal - Application Documents
Birmingham SSC Forum



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Highrise Projects in Birmingham
100m and above

Regal Tower
The Westside

Height: 201m | Floors: 56 | Architect: Aedas | Developer: Regal Property Group

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official website | Aedas website |
  • Potential Tallest Regional Building in The United Kingdom
  • Tallest Building in Birmingham

  • Current status: Approved/Re-design being undertaken due to recession. Reduction in height likely






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103 Colmore Row
City Centre

Height: 160m | Floors: 35 | Architect: Hamiltons Architects | Developer: British Land

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Sales Brochure | Skyscrapernews Article |
  • Potential Tallest Regional Office Building in The United Kingdom
  • Tallest Office in Birmingham

  • Current status: Approved / Site likely to be sold on as British Land has not opted for it in future development reports/ Current tower is vacant






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V Tower
The Westside

Height: 152m | Floors: 50 | Architect: Eric Kuhne Associates | Developer: Dandara

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Architects Website

  • Part of larger Arena Central Scheme which has now begun.
  • Sold of to specialist residential developer to proceed with.
  • Was approved on cusp of recession. Developers in latest statement said that it is still in there plans but will not break ground until they are confident in the Birmingham residential market.
  • Current status: Approved, on hold





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Broad Street Tower
The Westside

Height: 133m | Floors: 41 | Developer: Richardson & Cordwell

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Skyscrapernews Link

  • Mixed use development in Birminghams entertainment district.
  • Site currently a temporary carpark - site is directly opposite proposed Regal Tower.
  • Proposal integrated a helipad for residents and hotel guests
  • Current status: Approved, potential movement but likely to be downsized and redesigned.





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Beorma Quarter
City Centre

Height: 107m | Floors: 27 | Developer: Kuwait Salhia Investments

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Architects Website

  • Mixed use development in Birmingham's shopping district
  • Tower will be Birmingham's tallest office tower
  • Tower is phase 2 of a 3 phase build
  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction







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Midrise Projects in Birmingham
50m and above


Snow Hill Phase 3
Central Business District

Height: TBC (Est. 90m) | Floors: TBC | Architect: Sidell Gibson | Developer: Ballymore/Hines

Links: Birmingham forum thread
  • 3rd phase in major office redevelopment in the heart of Birmingham's CBD
  • Height unknown but will be taller than phase 1, 56m and phase 2, 75m.
  • To replace 44 storey residential and 24 storey hotel tower which stopped construction in 2009, 3 floors above basement level. Old cores have now been removed and this will be built on top of slab. Basement will remain.
  • Phase 4 minor details have been released - speculation that Ballymore will construct the largest ever regional office building at 1m sqft above Snow Hill Station.
  • Current status: Outline Planning Approved / Detailed planning in progress / Removal of old cores down to basement level complete.






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Paradise Cricus - Cropthorne Hotel
The Westside

Height: TBC (Est. 80m) | Floors: 23 | Architect: Ian Springford Architects | Developer Argent

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official Website
  • Replacement of existing Cropthorne Hotel
  • Wider part of 2.3m sqft Paradise Circus redevelopment
  • Masterplan approved / 10 buildings to be designed by seperate architects. Hotel is Building 1.

  • Current status: Masterplan Approved / Demolition to begin 2014 / Funding in place / Hotel Detailed Planning 2014






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Lumina
Central Business District

Height: TBC (Est. 64m) | Floors: 15 | Architect: Aedas | Developer Sterling Property Ventures

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official Website
  • 200,000 sqft Grade A Office Development
  • First Venture by Sterling Property
  • Consultation Completed / Detailed Planning Now Underway

  • Current status: Full Planning






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Auchinleck House - Park Regis Hotel
The Westside

Height: 65m | Floors: 15 | Architect: 5 Plus Architects | Client Severn Capital & Staywell Group

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Architects Website | Australian Hotel Chain Make UK Entrance
  • Refurbishment of current 12 storey block plus height increase to accommodate rooftop restaurant and facilities.
  • The plans include a rooftop restaurant which, because of the building’s location at a high point on the city centre ridge, will offer views over Birmingham and beyond.

  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction






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No 1 Eastside Locks
The Eastside

Height: 60m | Floors: 6-17 | Client/Architects: Alumno Developments / Glenn Howells

Links: Official Website
  • Contributing to the growing, leading academic centre of Birmingham, No1 Eastside Locks is a modern, high quality student accommodation scheme, sensitively designed to complement and enhance the Digbeth Branch Canal. The new development will provide an ‘on campus’ offer of student accommodation in close proximity to BCU’s new City Centre Campus project which is already coming out of the ground.

    *An ‘on campus’ student accommodation offer, 5 mins away from the emerging BCU City Centre Campus project

    *High quality student accommodation of approx. 730 beds

    *Rooms arranged in a mix of clusters (ranging from 4-7 en suite rooms) arranged to provide long distance views to the City Park and city centre skyline

    *External raised courtyard space overlooking the canal towpath, accessible to students only and linked to the internal communal space

  • Current status: Approved / Construction to start shortly. Site cleared.






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The Vale
University of Birmingham

Height: 61m | Floors: 21 | Architect: Glancy Nicolls Architects | Client University of Birmingham

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Architects Website
  • Student Residential Development - 754 bed spaces within four new buildings ranging in height from 7 storeys to 21 storeys
  • To replace previous 51m student accommodation block.

  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction






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2 Cornwall Street
Central Business District

Height: 58m | Floors: 13 | Architect: Associated Architects | Client West Register

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Architects Website
  • 190,000 sqft Grade A Office Development.
  • Once approved, demolition to begin immediately.

  • Current status: Outline Planning Submitted






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Exchange Square
Eastside

Height: 50-100m | Floors: 12-20 | Architect: Associated Architects | Client Glenn Howells

Links:Official Website
  • Development of 600,000 sq ft of Grade A commercial space across two buildings, ground floor retail, and a 200 bed hotel and apartments, all set around a new public realm.
  • Exchange Square is located adjacent to Nikal’s completed residential scheme which comprises over 340 residential units across two buildings, including Hive, which was named Best UK High Rise Development at the 2011 UK Property Awards.

  • Current status: Approved - Phased Development - 2 Phases Complete





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Leisure, Hotel & Entertainment Projects


Beneficial Building
City Center

Height: N/A | Floors: 7 | Developer: COURT

Links: Official website
  • The Beneficial Building is about bringing a piece of Birmingham’s history alive once more. It is about restoring this prominent development to its former glory as a bustling civic area and innovative building. Formerly the HSBC bank and the first pre-cast concrete building in the city, it has a rich history and untapped potential.

    *The Beneficial Building’s 100-bed, apart-hotel is an innovative, continental-style development with a Soho-style gym and vibrant eatery that offers visitors a full sensory experience. The gym isn’t just a room full of machines. We will transform a windowless basement into an innovative, interesting space with exposed brickwork, neon lighting and the latest TRX fitness machines.

  • Current status: Under Construction - Opening Winter 2014



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Genting Super Casino Resorts World
The NEC

Height: 43m | Floors: 6 | Developer/Contractor: Genting Casinos / Galliford Try

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official website
  • £150m integrated leisure and entertainment complex.
  • 538,000 sq ft Resorts World will be located on a prime site located on The NEC campus between The LG Arena and the Crowne Plaza Hotel overlooking Pendigo Lake.
  • 170 room four star hotel with five star suites and spa
  • A designer outlet centre with 50 units selling a range of discounted fashion, shoes and electronics
  • A wide range of internationally-themed restaurants and bars


  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction








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The Mailbox - Enhancement
The Westside

Height: N/A | Floors: N/A | Client / Architect: Brockton Capital / Stanton Williams

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official website
  • £50m Refurbishment - Plans designed by Stirling Prize winning architects, Stanton Williams, will see the entire retail mall enclosed and skylit, to create an urban room with new facades, finishes and store frontages. Improved 'way-finding' throughout the scheme will be introduced.
  • Harvey Nichols to double in size to 46,000 sqft.
  • Shops shut in central area but Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani, Toni and Guy Essensuals and BBC Birmingham will stay open along with bars, restaurants, hotels, offices and car park
  • Cinema operator Everyman Cinemas will see a three screen, 12,000 sq ft cinema opening late next year.

  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction







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John Lewis - Grand Central Birmingham
City Centre

Height: N/A | Floors: N/A | Client John Lewis | Architect Foreign Office Architects

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Grand Central - Birmingham
  • Opening in 2015, the £100m, 250,000 sqft superstore will be the largest John Lewis outside London.
  • Anchor to wider Grand Central retail development, part of £600m New Street Station refurbishment.
  • Luxury goods retailer The White Company and beauty and body care shops L'Occitane and Kiehls are the other shops confirmed so far.
  • Deals have also been agreed with nine restaurants including Vietnamese-style eatery, Pho, which is opening its first branch outside London and the South East.

  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction







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National Indoor Arena - Refurbishment
The Westside

Height: N/Am | Floors: N/A | Architect: Broadway Malyan | Contractor: BAM

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official website
  • £20.6 million transformation.
  • Increase to 15,000 Capacity
  • The new design includes further opportunities for retail units with an extra 5,926 m² of pre and post show space added to the 7,500 m² of refurbishment that will take place


  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction




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Birmingham City University - Olympic Size Pool and Sports Complex
Birmingham University

Height: N/A | Floors: N/A | Client Birmingham University | Architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

Links: Architects Website | Birmingham Post - Press Release
  • £55m Sports Complex + Olympic Size Pool
  • Features an arena sports hall with seating for up to 900 spectators, six squash courts, six activity rooms, a 225 station gym and various other facilities
  • The new Sports Centre will help provide fitting facilities for Birmingham to remain in the UK's top 3 ranked sporting universities.


  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction




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Health / Sciences / Technology / Higher Education / University Developments

Midland Metropolitan Hospital
Smethwick

Cost: £353m | Floors: N/A | Client Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Links: News Article
  • The 670-bed acute Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Grove Lane has been on the cards for a decade but has been hit by delays amid a shake-up of the controversial private finance initiative, which funds new buildings but mounts up debts over many years.

    *The hospital, which would take up a total of 41 acres, would be due to open its doors to patients in 2018/19.

    *£100m of public money would be used to build the new hospital.

  • Current status: Proposed / Funding Secured / Design to be finalised




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Birmingham Life Science Campus
Selly Oak

Value: £171m N/A | Jobs Created: 2,100 | Client/Architects: Birmingham City Council / Land Securities and Sainsbury’s, jointly known as Harvest Partnership

Links: News Article
  • It is expected that the campus, which will form part of a wider Life Sciences Economic Zone in the city, will provide up to 2,400 jobs on site and generate a turnover of up to £243 million, and support thousands more jobs indirectly.
  • The West Midlands has over 500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region
  • This project will begin the delivery of a four hectare Life Science Campus on a site which is currently contaminated and derelict next to the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    This project would provide a science park specifically for life science businesses, capable of supporting over 400,000sq ft of office space, including laboratories.

  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction





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Birmingham City University - Phase 2
City Center

Height: N/A | Floors: 6 | Client/Architects: Birmingham City University/Associated Architects.

Links: Architects website
  • The building is designed to form a ‘front door’ for the university and a landmark at the eastern end of the park, designed to align with the Curzon District of Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’.
  • The building has five occupied storeys in Cardigan Street and six in Curzon Street at the end of the park. A two storey element of larger footprint contains the student hub around a secondary atrium engaging the public house.
  • £46.2m Project / Completion 2015

  • Current status: Approved / Funding Secured





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Housing / Apartments


Park Central
City Center

Height: N/A | Floors: 8 | Developer: Crest Nicholson

Links: Official website
  • Central Plaza at Park Central located in Birmingham features a pair of iconic, eight storey buildings that rises from the very heart of the development, set on an elevated deck garden.

  • Current status: Approved / Under Construction




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Brassington Avenue
Sutton Coldfield

Height: TBC | Floors: 9-23 | Developer: Pegasus Life

Links: News Article
  • Developer PegasusLife has unveiled its proposals for the Brassington Avenue site in the town centre, which include five ‘rotated’ tower blocks, 235 apartments, an indoor swimming pool, private cinema and fully equipped gym.

  • Current status: Proposed




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Offices


1 Arena Central
City Center

Height: TBC | Floors: 8 | Developer: Arena Central Developments

Links: Official website
  • The eight-storey building represents the flagship development of the Arena Central masterplan, encompassing 135,000 sqf t of Grade A office space, with typical floorplates of 21,000 sq ft.

    *The upper floors offer 2,500 sq ft of open balconies, providing views over Centenary Square and back across the development and there is provision for 5,000 sq ft of retail on the ground floor. The building also includes 68 car parking spaces in a secure basement environment.

    *1 Arena Central has been designed by noted architect Ken Shuttleworth whose other work includes iconic landmarks such as St Mary Axe (‘the Gherkin’) and City Hall in London, and The Cube in Birmingham and whose practice, Make, is also responsible for Arena Central’s masterplan.

  • Current status: Approved - Completion 2016.




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Arena Central Masterplan
City Center

Height: TBC | Floors: TBC | Developer: Arena Central Developments

Links: Official website
  • Occupying a prominent position at the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, the 9.2 acre Arena Central site fronts Broad Street and lies adjacent to Centenary Square and the Library of Birmingham.

    With outline planning consent already secured for 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use development set within a brand new, landscaped public realm resembling an urban meadow, Arena Central represents a highly deliverable, highly desirable location for work, leisure and retail.

    *In order to ensure that Arena Central is able to meet the requirements of a continually evolving market, the masterplan is set to be delivered in phases.

    The first phase, incorporating the 1 Arena Central office building fronting Broad Street, two residential buildings and a 250-bed Holiday Inn Express hotel is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

    Future phases will include the delivery of additional office development.

  • Current status: Outline Planning - Approved




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Transport

New Street Station
City Center

Cost: £600m | Floors: N/A | Client Network Rail / Foreign Office Architects

Links: Official Website
  • Over 140,000 passengers use New Street every day, more than double the number it was designed to accommodate.

    *New Street is the busiest station outside London and the busiest interchange station in the UK with a train leaving the station every 37 seconds.

    *1000 workers are currently on site, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    The first half of the new station was completed in April 2013 and once the project is finished in 2015 there will be 36 new escalators and 15 new lifts - reaching every platform.

  • Current status: Under Construction










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HS2 - High Speed Rail


Curzon Park Central
City Center

Height: N/A | Floors: N/A | Developer: TBC

Links: Official website
  • The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Draft Masterplan presents the proposed HS2 railway as a once in a century opportunity to radically enhance the City’s national rail connectivity and accelerate its economic growth potential. The new line and terminus will provide a catalyst to transform areas of the City Centre and unlock major regeneration sites.

    *Key proposals within the draft masterplan include:

    Promoting the principle of securing world-class architecture for Birmingham Curzon HS2 Station

  • Current status: Proposed - HS2 to be completed by 2026 - HS2 Station to commence 2017.








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Old July 17th, 2014, 05:44 PM   #3
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We're missing all of the exciting Metro developments from that list.

They include:

City Centre Extension: U/C
Centenary Square Extension: Funded
Edgbaston Extension: Funded
Wolverhampton Extension: Not sure if that belongs here, but funded.
Curzon St Spur: Funded
Eastside Extension: Proposed, awaiting funding.
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Please note that the list takes a lot of time and is a work in progress. There are many projects which aren't listed yet but I am working on it as and when I can so I promise they'll be on there eventually.
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Please note that the list takes a lot of time and is a work in progress. There are many projects which aren't listed yet but I am working on it as and when I can so I promise they'll be on there eventually.
Not a criticism there boss, just a placeholder comment to serve as a reminder.



Also this is a pretty fair article about Smelly Oak. Something seriously needs to be done to restore what is otherwise a decent suburb to order.

City planners slammed over Selly Oak proposals

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Old July 17th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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Any idea of when this eastside project becoming public?
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Why were the images of the 4 towers at the top included here ....... or is this a 'fantasy' list??!!
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Why were the images of the 4 towers at the top included here ....... or is this a 'fantasy' list??!!
Why not? Most likely won't get them, but they are still proposed.. V Tower is still in talks.. as for the other 3 though......

Thanks for the updates anyway Birmingham.
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It's a current list that will be updated as and when as they are development opportunities with approvals
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Oh, ok. Wasn't there also a proposal with images of a tower on the surface car park off Great Charles Street a few years back?
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Just notice Birmingham City University - Olympic Size Pool and Sports Complex... this is Uni of Bham.

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Good piece of work Birmingham.
V tower looks mega on that pic. keeping my fingers crossed that one if any rises over Brum. Tired of seeing the half finished Rotunda still going out countywide as the "iconic" building recognizing Brum. We need a new high rise to represent the city nationally
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Thanks for start of the thread Birmingham

The following article mentions money lost from the Birmingham court proposal; I wonder if we will ever hear about a new court bulding:

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...cts-cancelled/
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Judging by the pictures in the Post yesterday, the new mini golf course at Cannon Hill Park looks really fantastic. Can't wait to give it a go!
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http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...s-cash-7454895

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Future bright as city looks to cash in on its confidence

With London close to over-heating and greater devolution on the cards for English regions, inward investment has never been a more important issue. The Post brought together six experts at a special roundtable event to debate the issue.


[IMG]Birmingham Round table meeting at Marco Pierre White Birmingham at The Cube, talking about the future of Birmingham.[/IMG]

Confidence is returning to Birmingham on the back of investment from Deutsche Bank, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the BBC, with speculative development set to follow.

Experts at the Birmingham Post’s special inward investment round table said they expected a major real estate shift in the next 12 months on the back of a series of big wins for the city.

Foreign investment generated a record 4,337 jobs in Greater Birmingham last year, almost double that of the 2,439 created the previous year.

Skills, funding, tourism and the age-old debate over the city’s image were also on the agenda at the roundtable held at The Cube.

Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council’s director of planning and regeneration, said the city was reaching a tipping point and speculative schemes would be unveiled before the year is out.

He said: “I think we are at a tipping point for grade A development in the city. There are probably only two buildings in the city centre where you can get anything close to 100,000 sq ft but before Christmas you will start to see that will hopefully disappear.

“That will tip people into having the confidence for speculative development.

“We have got great stories like Snowhill, Ballymore’s development, and Wragge’s. We are already talking to developers. There are a number of conversations happening to get people ready to start on site. It is only going to take one of those last two to disappear.”

However, Mr Nazir cited Digbeth as an example of how the public sector could only help with development – it has to be driven by private sector demand.

He said: “It depends on the sector. Taking the creative sector as an example, my view is we should leave it alone.

“We should support it without intervening. It has connected and developed a vibrancy in its own right.

“With any kind of public sector intervention, if we tried to create that, we would fail miserably.

“It is great that we have left those businesses to grow and created their own environment

“The role for the pubic sector should be about creating the infrastructure to make sure they develop.”

That view was echoed by Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, who predicted speculative development in the next 12 months.

Mr Rami said the latest figures on inward investment had shown the city was making progress both on creating jobs and the kinds of jobs brought in.

The major success story of late has been Deutsche Bank, which has grown from employing 30 staff in the city to more than 2,000 in recent years. There have also been jobs created by online retailer Asos and the BBC, which have boosted the city’s creative sector.

Mr Rami said: “What is probably more important is if you look at the last three years the job figures are higher than any other regional city and, although the majority of those are in advanced engineering, 50 per cent probably, followed by the business, financial and professional services, we are also seeing more projects in developing sectors – life sciences, tech and also increasingly in environmental technologies. It is both the mix of jobs and the range of jobs.


David Bailey, Adam Ramshaw and Graeme Brown at the Birmingham Round table meeting at Marco Pierre White Birmingham at The Cube, talking about the future of Birmingham.

“Inward investment is pretty competitive and it is how you differentiate yourselves, and marquee brands like Asos and the BBC making a commitment, clearly JLR and some of the big suppliers around JLR, as well as Deutsche Bank, these are all important brands in the market.”

The return of speculative development would represent a further boost to confidence in Birmingham on the back of growing investment and employment.

Adam Ramshaw, head of the Birmingham office at commercial property firm Lambert Smith Hampton, told the round table he hoped to see progress in development amid a threat of shortfall in grade A office space.

“There are a handful of development sites in Birmingham which are far more progressed than people realise,” he said.

“I think where we are a little bit behind at the moment is on speculative development.

“That is partly because of confidence in the commercial sector.

“There are a number of reasons why we haven’t had speculative development. One of them is rates – if someone was to build a 100,000 sq ft office development it would probably cost them £16 million to build and it will probably cost them £1.3 million a year in empty rates.

“If you can take away that liability, I think interest would be there.

“But if a JP Morgan said tomorrow ‘we’d like to be in Birmingham’ they haven’t got a huge amount of choice about where they can go.”

David Bailey, professor of industrial strategy at Aston University, raised the issue of industrial land.

He said: “We are constrained in terms of land available for industrial use.

“With places like Coventry and Black Country and further afield, you’ve got to be looking at where is the best land and who could go where.”

Mr Nazir linked this to a political push for greater coordination throughout the West Midlands.

He pointed out that while JLR operates across Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire, with an engine plant set to open near Wolverhampton, all of those areas had separate authorities.

“To be frank, we are missing out to other places,” he said. “The city needs to be planning on a sub-regional basis.

“The housing market works on a sub-regional basis, economic growth works on a sub-regional basis, so what we need to strengthen our position is a sub-regional approach.

“Whether that is about combined authorities or whatever else I won’t comment on, but the fact we need to take a strategic sub-regional approach is critical for our success.”

David Maclean, entrepreneur and managing director of growing city firm Packt Publishing, highlighted how Birmingham was perceived – often cited as a factor holding the city back.

He asked: “What would make Birmingham cool? I remember the mayor of Copenhagen talking about 75 per cent of commuters being on bikes.

“You think about places like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Sydney, Berlin, they are all the top of the list.

“It would be a really great achievement from a business point of view to get Birmingham on that list, so people say Birmingham, that is something.

“That can relate to business space and infrastructure.”

Mr Rami responded: “I think you can become preoccupied with the image issue.

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression and I think we are now at that point where the city will sell itself.

“I think it is important we don’t get too bogged down in political debates around devolution and so on. We work as closely with the Black Country as we do with any other part of the area.”

He added that hotel data told a different story, with more people visiting the city for reasons other than work.

He said: “10 years ago in Birmingham the hotel occupancy was the highest between Tuesday and Thursday, and weekend occupancy was probably the worst in the country.

“It has flipped completely. We have had a 30 per cent increase in the last 12 months of international tourists.

“I always look at the facts first. I do think some of the national media portrayals of the city do have an effect, and are made international because of the nature of today’s modern media, but I think it is largely a London-based prejudice and it is incumbent on us to continue to talk about the change we are going through.

“This city changes every day. It is probably the most dynamic city I have lived in.”

Dan Day, chief executive and founder of Invisible Artists, which recently opened a Birmingham office, told the round table event that Birmingham had a strong offer to supplement the capital

“I had to have a London office,” he said.

“That was key to the strategic growth plan so that was the first office we set up a year ago.

“But I want to work from here and not have to have a London commute and I love it here.

“Lifestyle was a key consideration and family was a key part of that. Having children in an area that was safe, not too congested and reasonably priced was important.

“It was very much a lifestyle decision.

“You don’t have to be in that bubble in London, you can step out of that bubble and see where you really are.”

Meanwhile, Mr Rami said if we are to be successful as a city, we shouldn’t focus only on our traditional strengths, nor focus only on large projects.


Birmingham Round table meeting at Marco Pierre White Birmingham at The Cube, L-R Dan Day, Waheed Nazir, Neil Rami, Graeme Brown, David Bailey, Adam Ramshaw, David Maclean.

THE PANEL

Pictured from left:

* Dan Day – chief executive and founder of Invisible Artists, a recent investor in Birmingham

* Waheed Nazir – Birmingham City Council’s director of planning and regeneration

* Neil Rami – chief executive of Marketing Birmingham

* Chair: Graeme Brown – regional head of business at Birmingham Post publisher BPM Media

* David Bailey – professor of industrial strategy at Aston University

* Adam Ramshaw – head of the Birmingham office at commercial property firm Lambert Smith Hampton

* David Maclean – entrepreneur and managing director of growing city firm Packt Publishing
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Austerity cuts have forced Birmingham to work smarter in the hunt for inward investment, the roundtable heard.

Marketing Birmingham has seen its funding from the city council cut amid a push to deliver £460 million of savings over the next four years.

Chief executive Neil Rami told the event the climate remained tough, as the private sector recovery has started but public sector austerity continues.

But he and Birmingham City Council director of planning agreed that there had been benefits from tightening budgets and reevaluating the process.

Mr Nazir said: “This level of resource cuts force you to be more creative and find solutions.

“If you reflect on the Big City Plan when we published it in 2010, the first response from the private sector was ‘how are you going to fund this?’

“We said ‘first let’s be clear on what the strategy is’ because the best time to plan is actually in recession because you have time and space to know what you want to achieve and react to the market.

“Then lo and behold the enterprise zone came along and gave us the ability to borrow using business rates to start funding things like Paradise Circus and other projects which to be fair we would never have been able to do at the peak of the market.

“Actually, we found ways to develop infrastructure and create confidence in the market.”

Mr Rami added: “What we have become sharper at in the last 12 months is our sectoral and spatial planning. I think there are few cities doing that successfully in Europe and that I hope will be what allows us to continue on this upward growth curve.”

Mr Rami said that Birmingham’s economy was “counter-cyclical” – saying more will be invested in transport in the next three years than in the previous generation.

Packt Publishing founder David Maclean said skills were a key issue, with poor investment in staff in the past five years of gloom, but believes there remains a talent pool to drive jobs growth.

He said: “There is quite a lot of talent around Birmingham, particularly towards the south part, which has traditionally gone into London.

“I thought it would be really hard bringing in managers, and obviously you have to pay, but Birmingham is a great proposition. We can flick people to come north rather than south from places like Leamington and Kenilworth.”
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Good news and indicates what we know. They'll be a boom shortly, how big who knows but we'll see office development increase dramatically!
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I'd also expect BDC to propose their post and mail plans before the year is out now they've reached near practical completion on the car park.
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Good news and indicates what we know. They'll be a boom shortly, how big who knows but we'll see office development increase dramatically!
I just hope another boom is one in which we have more projects that become real buildings, rather than the plethora of false promises we had in the last "boom".
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I just hope another boom is one in which we have more projects that become real buildings, rather than the plethora of false promises we had in the last "boom".
Completely agree, I think we've done extremely well During the recession seein projects proposed and on site in such a short time period. This can only help push projects in a boom, developers will be looking at this and thinking how good we managed during and coming out of a recession, makes things look less risky, it can only get better during a boom now and with unemployment in the region getting lower, more jobs and investment I don't think it will be long until we see the big city proposals we all want with them actually starting too!
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