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Old July 13th, 2014, 02:16 PM   #241
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Birmingham is the UK's second City!
Rather Machester is the second largest and faster growing
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Old July 13th, 2014, 06:04 PM   #242
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Birmingham has a population of 1,083,000, Manchester 563,000. Manchester's percentage growth is higher but Birminghams numbers are bigger. Greater Manchester as a region is bigger than Birmingham city. Birmingham and its region is bigger than greater Manchester. The north west including Liverpool is bigger than the west Midlands, but Birmingham has twice a bigger catcment area than Manchester within an hour's drive. :-)
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Old July 13th, 2014, 09:01 PM   #243
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I am absolutely 100% not starting a second city debate on here - that belongs in the City Talk forum (and, ideally, not at all) but all I will say is that it's not all about population - because Second City in the UK is such a meaningless title I'd say it's down to public perception, and we all know which city public perception favours recently...................

Birmingham is larger in terms of metropolitan area and both cities grew at the same pace 2001-2011.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 12:04 AM   #244
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Tim got told, good job on the summary btw Birmingham.
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Old July 15th, 2014, 12:03 PM   #245
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French company Bouygues Development have announced they will proceed with 2 schemes in the city.

* £40m 300 apartment residential scheme on Pershore Street.
* 500 bed student residential scheme on Bath Row.

Both due to start in 2015 for 2017 completion.
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Old July 15th, 2014, 12:23 PM   #246
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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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Old July 16th, 2014, 10:58 AM   #247
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NEW UPDATE!

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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Old July 16th, 2014, 12:48 PM   #248
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Same number of beds as the Royal London Hospital, but an altogether better design!
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Old July 16th, 2014, 01:23 PM   #249
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Same number of beds as the Royal London Hospital, but an altogether better design!
Oh is it? It's certainly a biggie but I didn't know it compared with the Royal London though.

Regarding design. The RLH is one of only a few buildings I dislike in London with a passion.
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Old July 16th, 2014, 03:46 PM   #250
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Rather Machester is the second largest and faster growing
Well in the past few weeks others have showed me differently from my initial thought. The 2nd City debate is definitely between Birmingham and Manchester but it's quite close... I think Manchester is in the lead at the moment but both Cities have the potential. I do not think the race is over yet.

Awesome projects and updates @Birmingham. This City definitely needs some office space and developments - and now is probably the best time to build.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 01:20 AM   #251
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It certainly does need office space. By end of next year the pipeline will be dry which is why so many schemes are coming up now to start speculatively. Paradise circus, lumina and arena central will all be constructed without a pre-let. Some bit schemes to come to. :-)
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #252
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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!

National Indoor Arena - Refurbishment
The Westside

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Official website
  • 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






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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:21 PM   #253
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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!

Beorma Quarter
City Centre

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

Links: Birmingham forum thread | Architects Website







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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:46 PM   #254
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PROJECT UPDATE!

New Street Station
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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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Old July 17th, 2014, 04:03 PM   #255
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Nice updates Birmingham!

I am hoping for some skyscraper proposals and approvals soon.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 05:36 PM   #256
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John Lewis - Grand Central Birmingham
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Height: N/A | Floors: N/A | Client John Lewis | Architect Foreign Office Architects
  • 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.






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Old July 17th, 2014, 05:40 PM   #257
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Nice updates Birmingham!

I am hoping for some skyscraper proposals and approvals soon.
Not sure if we'll see a skyscraper, although we should see something large over the coming months at Arena Central.
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 04:02 PM   #258
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Name: Snow Hill Phase 3
Height: TBC est. 90m
Developer: Ballymore/Hines

* On the back of HS2's announcement to take up the remaining space in Snow Hill Phase 2. It's is expected that Snow Hill Phase 3 will proceed sooner rather than later according to the regional head of Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Old July 23rd, 2014, 04:09 PM   #259
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High Speed Rail

Birmingham: Chosen as HS2 HQ



The construction headquarters of the high-speed rail project HS2 will be based in Birmingham, leading to the creation of 1,500 jobs in England's second city.

Birmingham council also announced on Monday that it was creating an urban regeneration company to oversee the development of the area around the city's HS2 station, Curzon Street.

The authority claimed the regeneration, which includes 6 million sqft of offices and 2,000 homes, would deliver 14,000 jobs and provide a £1.3bn-a-year boost to the local economy.
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 04:11 PM   #260
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Name: Beorma Quarter
Height: 107m
Developer: Sahlia Investments (Kuwait)

* Model of Beorma Quarter, first phase due to be completed mid 2015 with Phase 2 starting straight after.

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