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Old March 23rd, 2015, 01:10 PM   #1
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Arena Central | General Thread

The huge Arena Central project has begun, but we have no single topic where the project as a whole can be discussed.

We also have no topic where links to the individual projects as part of Arena Central can be placed.

Currently, for example, many photos of the demolition of the whole site are being added to the "Plot F Holiday Inn" topic, when that is only one small part of the whole Arena Central project.

So this topic will be used to discuss Arena Central in general and give pointers to the individual projects.

Arena Central official web site

http://www.arena-central.com/
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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Arena Central Projects


Plot E | Arena Central | 28 / 14 Fl | 86m / 46m | apartments | prop.
(Plot 6 and 7 on the plan below)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1801896


Plot F Arena Central | Holiday Inn Express | Holiday Street | 18 fl | 61m | Prop
(Plot 8 on the plan below)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1494504


Plot G Arena Central | Suffolk Street Queensway | 23 fl | 75m | Prop.
(Plot 10 on plan below, known as Dandara 1 & 2)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1777210


One Arena Central | 8 Floors | 38m | Prop.
(Plot 1 on the plan below)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1732329


Two Arena Central | Offices | 62m | 11FL | prop.
(Plot 2 on the plan below)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1799966


Arena Central plan


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Old March 23rd, 2015, 01:20 PM   #3
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A few photos of the site demolition I took yesterday, Sunday 22nd March 2015

I have to say this takes your breath away when you first see it, I don't think I have ever seen such a huge demolition site.

Below, view from the canal.

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Below, I think the best place to see it from is the car park in front of the Premier Inn hotel, which gives you a small "hill" to stand on



Below, you can also get a good view from Holliday Street



Again from Holliday Street.


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Old March 23rd, 2015, 02:08 PM   #4
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I was trying to get from NIA to New Street the other day. Could either go through Mailbox (construction site) or Paradise (construction site). Stood there thinking how much better it will be when you can go through Arena Central. OK, there's Holiday Street and such, but they're not exactly very nice at that time of night. Arena Central is like this great whomping block in the middle of Birmingham blocking so much, that when it's built will completely turn the area on its head.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 08:56 PM   #5
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The problem with getting from the "west" side (NIA side) to the "east" side (New St side) is getting under or over the A38.

There are only really 3 crossing points:

1) Over the A38 via Paradise Forum and through the old library (a building site but the walkway is still very much open)

2) Under the A38 in front of the Mailbox. The Mailbox is still a building site so you cant go right through it.

3) Under the A38 in front of Arena Central, via Fletchers Walk.

The problem is that Fletchers Walk is now closed for a lot of the time, in the evening and overnight I believe, as well as all day both Saturday and Sunday.

In fact I was up there yesterday (Sunday), standing by the town hall, watching loads of people using their smartphones as a GPS and it was directing them via Fletchers Walk (which was closed) to the Broad Street area.

There were NO signs telling them what to do once they saw Fletchers Walk was blocked and I kept directing people up the stairs to the Conservatoire and round the footpath to go via paradise forum.

There were men in yellow coats in the area, standing by the entrance to Fletchers Walk, but not once did I see them help people who were obviously lost.

I think the Paradise or Arena Central people need to put some signs up in that area to help people when Fletchers walk is closed (to be fair they have put up plenty of signs elsewhere in the area).
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Old March 24th, 2015, 04:01 PM   #6
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And now we have a confirmed tenant!!!!
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Old March 24th, 2015, 04:33 PM   #7
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building 2 or 3 then? Office 1 is just short on floor space of the pre-let isn't it?
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Old March 24th, 2015, 04:44 PM   #8
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It's got to be Arena 2 - It says 210,000 sqft office block which is the size of building 2.
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http://www.ft.com/fastft/297693/hsbc-birmingham

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COMPANIESHSBC moves HQ for UK bank to Birmingham
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HSBC has announced it is leaving London. Well, the UK part of the bank is.

The ring-fenced entity being set up to house the bank's British operations will be based in a new headquarters to be built in Birmingham, it said on Tuesday, reports Martin Arnold, banking editor.

All large UK banks are being forced to hive off their UK operations into a ring-fenced unit with separate funding, leadership and oversight from the rest of their activities under a new law designed to avert the risk of another financial crisis.

However, HSBC is the first bank to officially declare where its new ring-fenced domestic bank will be based.

The bank said about 1,000 head office roles would move from London to Birmingham by 2019, when the ring-fencing law comes into force.

It is in talks to secure a lease on a new 210,000 sq ft office to be built in the city's Arena Central enterprise zone.

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Don't suppose we'll see this in the centre of Arena Central...


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I believe there might be slightly more in that building than 1000 people. If not that is seriously luxury offices!!
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Express and Star says they're having Two Arena Central.

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...west-midlands/


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I believe there might be slightly more in that building than 1000 people. If not that is seriously luxury offices!!
Perhaps they'll move people from that horrible green building on Summer Row into the new building. And hopefully lead to its demolition.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 10:03 PM   #14
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Its vile! I knew someone who worked there and she always though it was hidious. I suppose Lloyd's, RBS, Deutsche bank and Barclay's all have glam offices in the city between brindly place and snow hill so HSBC are left. Do we have a significant Santander presence? I know we have Halifax in Sheldon.
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I'm sure Santander have a presence in the Midlands office wise

HSBC already employ a considerable number across the region no reason why they couldn't consolidate the offices to plot D and their other sites go for redevelopment, the sandpits horrible green building you mention must be a prime location for huge potential
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HSBC have offices in Wolverhampton, too (Wolverhampton Business Park - alongside RBS, Handelsbanken, etc, with Birmingham Midshires (Lloyds) at Pendeford Business Park).
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Hendelsbanken also have offices in bromsgrove


I seem to have on my mind Santander has offices in Redditch or atleast did have but can't find anything online
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I think their big regional one is Leeds, can't find anything in the midlands.
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I've been in that building. Most of it is taken up by stock brokers.

We wont be getting stock markets anywhere outside of that area in the UK. In a nutshell, they'll be too far away for computer networking, delay difference in light travelling through fibre optic between them and their competitors would be too long. They'd lose a competitive edge.

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Guilbert53: I just decided to quote the photos taken below from the canal towpath.

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