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Old March 28th, 2015, 12:10 AM   #341
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover have announced a £450m investment in their Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham to produce the new Jaguar XF.

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17:33, 24 March 2015 By Graeme Brown

Jaguar Land Rover is investing more than £450 million in Castle Bromwich - including the most significant boost to the plant in a generation.

JLR is spending £450 million to turn Castle Bromwich into a world-class hub for aluminium cars, building the next generation XF.

Jaguar Land Rover adviser Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya said the investment - the largest Castle Bromwich had ever seen - showed the depth of commitment the manufacturer had to the region.

Post columnist Lord Bhattacharyya said: “This shows Jaguar Land Rover’s faith in the West Midlands. What better way to demonstrate it than this?”

He added: “They are spending £450 million at Castle Bromwich to produce the next generation Jaguar XF aluminium car.

“It is massive investment - new equipment, new technology, everything. The XF is a small, aluminium car, so it needs all new technology.”

The investment in Castle Bromwich is part of a major push on the Big Cat marque with JLR also putting £400 million into a research and development centre in Coventry.
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http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...jaguar-8912718

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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY - NEW LIBRARY

Construction is progressing of the new library at Birmingham University:

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Old March 31st, 2015, 12:12 AM   #343
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ASTON SCIENCE PARK

The trade union Unite has revealed plans for a hotel and conference centre at Eastside, next to Birmingham city centre. The conference and meeting facilities will be for 1,000 delegates, and there will be 170 hotel rooms and also 55,260 sq. ft. of office space:-

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Unite's plans for hotel and conference centre unveiled
15:14, 30 March 2015 By Tamlyn Jones

A major new hotel and conference centre could be built near Birmingham city centre by the UK's largest trade union.

It emerged last year Unite the Union was consulting with Birmingham City Council on plans for the hub which would also provide new regional offices and was being valued at £35 million.

New plans have now been lodged with the council to develop two buildings on land at the corner of Woodcock Street and Jennens Road on Birmingham Science Park Aston.

The hotel would be seven storeys high, the upper five of which would contain 170 bedrooms above reception areas, a restaurant, bar and 45,750 sq ft of conference and meeting facilities capable of holding up to 1,000 delegates.

An adjoining five-storey building would contain 55,260 sq ft of office accommodation for around 225 staff from Unite.

The brace of buildings would be connected at the lower levels on the 2.2-acre site in the Eastside area of Birmingham and the total development including parking will cover more than 200,000 sq ft.

Known as 'Holt Court', the site currently consists of four office buildings grouped around a landscaped courtyard and the most southerly of these will be demolished to make way for the development.

A design statement prepared by Irish architecture practice Consarc said: "The Eastside agenda seeks to redevelop, reinvigorate and relink to the city centre what has until recently been seen as a run down and neglected area of the city.

"On the opposite side of Jennens Road is the northern edge of Eastside Locks, a new development area that includes the locally listed Co-op building and which will extend regeneration alongside the disused canal.

"The site was formerly an area of 18th and 19th century domestic and small-scale industrial buildings, whose expansion was supported by the construction of the canal in 1790. Despite redevelopment, much of the original street pattern remains.

"By positioning the building here, the union hopes to significantly contribute to the emerging community and firmly believes it will benefit from the expertise and skills prevalent to the area."


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http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...centre-8948493
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BIO HUB - BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY

Birmingham University's Biomedical Innovation Hub has now officially opened for business:-

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The doors to The BioHub Birmingham® officially opened on Tuesday 24th March to unveil the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK.

The £7 million biomedical laboratory and innovation office based in Edgbaston’s Medical Quarter is set to bring a thriving concentration of biomedical entrepreneurs and start-up companies to the region,
all looking for affordable space where they can research, complete proof of concept work and bring their innovative medical developments to market.

The format of shared laboratory facilities with accompanying office space is based on the successful co-working concept of ‘plug-and-play’ biotech incubators that is emerging across the US.

To mark the opening of the venture, Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, spoke about the importance of The BioHub, stating that as part of “a core mission to
translate the results of research and teaching into economic impact, the University of Birmingham has for many years been promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise activity by our students,
staff and local business people.

“The opening of The BioHub is a significant milestone contributing to the growth of the life sciences sector in Birmingham and is a major new asset for the outstanding medical cluster here in Edgbaston,
and the wider City region.”

Councillor Tahir Ali from Birmingham City Council reiterated how the new facility was good news for Birmingham and would build on its reputation as a UK leader in biomedical innovation: “There’s a growing life science
sector in the West Midlands, with over 850 science businesses in the region, a large medical school, and the city has a proven track record in clinical academic programmes and translational research.
The BioHub is the latest project to spearhead the next step on linking innovators with medical experts and opportunities for clinical trials – all to better improve our healthcare.

It’s putting Birmingham on a map internationally in a way that has never been done before.”

George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences sent a strong signal of support to The BioHub team and the broader Birmingham science cluster:

“The truth is, that our life sciences in the UK goes further than the traditional ‘golden triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge.

The work going on at The BioHub is absolutely key to the success of our economy. He continued:
“The multi-disciplinary convergence is really changing the life sciences landscape and examples like The BioHub create great opportunities for people to work together.”
http://www.thebiohub.co.uk/news/

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Old April 3rd, 2015, 12:07 AM   #345
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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY - THE VALE

Construction is progressing at The Vale, Birmingham University, which will provide accommodation for 726 students:-

The Vale, B'ham Uni by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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Chamberlain redevelopment news

As part of our ongoing investment to increase the amount of quality accommodation we can provide at the University of Birmingham, we are currently building Chamberlain, our brand new purpose built student accommodation located at the Vale Village, which is designed to accommodate 726 students in a comfortable, convenient and vibrant community.

Chamberlain welcomes its first students in September 2015.

The site will be made up of four buildings, three low rise blocks and a 20-storey tower, all set in beautiful parkland just a short walk from the University campus. Chamberlain will consist of 117 flats providing catered accommodation in en suite study bedrooms of five or six sharing a kitchen and lounge.

There will also be a small number of self-contained studio apartments for those who want a more exclusive living experience. The ground floor of the new tower will provide social spaces including a bar and restaurant, a launderette and other amenities.


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BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY - CURZON BUILDING

The second phase of Birmingham City University's relocation to the Eastside area, just off the city centre, is due to be opened in September 2015. Not too much to be completed on the building exterior, as these photos show:-

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Old April 5th, 2015, 11:58 AM   #347
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LOUISA RYLAND HOUSE

Confirmation of the sale by the city council of the historic Louisa Ryland House in Birmingham city centre. The plan is to convert the building into 90,000 sq ft of grade A office space:-

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Louisa Ryland House sale confirmed
10:44, 1 April 2015 By Tamlyn Jones

Long-awaited confirmation of the sale of Louisa Ryland House has been announced.

In December, Birmingham-based property developer Graftongate was linked to the sale of the city council building in a deal rumoured to be worth £7 million.

Birmingham private fund Euro Property Investments (EPIL) supported Graftongate in the acquisition of the virtual freehold interest and the plan is to open 90,000 sq ft of grade A offices during next year.

EPIL said it viewed the acquisition as a near-term opportunity to create either a major HQ or three separate buildings.

Peter Wood, head of investment at Harris Lamb which advised Euro Property Investments, said: "The building is particularly significant as Louisa Ryland was a generous benefactor to the city of Birmingham and EPIL, which is the family office of the Majid family, is a major employer.

"The acquisition marks an important effort by the Majid family to positively help in the rejuvenation of the city core."

David Smeeton, director in Colliers International's national investment team which advised Graftongate, added: "Birmingham is the focus of great attention from investors at the moment looking to the UK's regional cities in search for yield.

"The partnership is well timed as it will deliver grade A office accommodation at a time when shrinking supply and falling vacancy rates are impacting on occupier choice.

"A newly refurbished Louisa Ryland House coming to market in 2016 would certainly help to plug this gap."
Louisa Ryland House, Newhall St, Birmingham by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

Birmingham Post newspaper article:-

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...firmed-8960472
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Old April 6th, 2015, 06:15 PM   #348
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BARCLAYCARD ARENA

It looks like the final few touches have been applied to the refurbishment of the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham:-

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AUCHINLECK HOUSE

The refurbishment of Auchinleck House at Five Ways, just off the city centre, is continuing; this will be a Park Regis hotel and conference facility with rooftop restaurant.

Auchinleck House, Five Ways by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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BIRMINGHAM TRAMWAY EXTENSION

Work continues on extending the Midland Metro tram system in Birmingham city centre. These photos show the Corporation St/Bull St area:-

Midland Metro extension, Corporation St by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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NO. 1 EASTSIDE LOCKS

Construction has begun on the Birmingham City University student accommodation scheme at No. 1 Eastside Locks, next to the city centre.

No 1 Eastside Locks by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr



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Work is underway on transforming derelict Eastside land into new canal-side accommodation and retail space for students of Birmingham City University.

An official ground-breaking ceremony kick-started work on the £48 million project which will see the revitalisation of wasteland alongside the canal into 659 student rooms, forming part of the University's rapidly developing city centre campus.

Hosted by Birmingham City University and specialist student housing company Alumno Developments, the Eastside launch marked the start of the project, expected to be completed by September 2016. Together with accommodation, the development will include ground floor retail space and dedicated business enterprise units, serving student residents and offering affordable office facilities for graduates and the local community.

Commenting on the development, Birmingham City University Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Fiona Church said: "We are delighted to be part of this landmark development here at Eastside which not only supports the University's City Centre development plan, but also contributes to the regeneration of the area.

"This is an exciting time for the University, with the new Curzon building set to open later this year and plans in motion for the new Birmingham Conservatoire – which will be the first complete new build Conservatoire in the UK since 1987. This development will mean that students can live and study in the heart of the city, with all amenities right on their doorstep."

Alumno's managing director, David Campbell said: "We are creating a vibrant new public realm through the opening up of the largely redundant canal side. This follows Birmingham City Council's Eastside Locks master plan which focuses on generating further investment in the city. No1 City Locks provides the perfect opportunity to turn a part of that vision into a reality, and we are delighted to be partnering with Birmingham City University to deliver a significant development which supports the University's growth agenda."
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ARENA CENTRAL

Demolition is well underway at Arena Central in Birmingham city centre. Having been a proposed development for a long time it now seems progress is being made towards creating up to 670,000 sq. ft. of grade A office space and up to 530,000 sq. ft. of residential space, plus building a new hotel on the site.

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Arena Central is a 9.2 acre site, directly adjacent to Centenary Square, fronting Broad Street and framed by Suffolk Street Queensway, Bridge Street and Holliday Street.

Designed to meet Birmingham’s growing demand for high quality office space and city centre residential accommodation, the vision for the site is to create a series of ‘oven ready’ development plots, all set within a unique and inviting new public realm.

Arena Central has been masterplanned to deliver 2.3 million sq ft of space, including up to 670,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, up to 530,000 sq ft of residential, up to 2,500 car parking spaces and ancillary retail and leisure.
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NEW ST TRAIN STATION

Here is a photo showing progress on adding the cladding to New St train station:-

New St station by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr


The next photo shows progress on creating one of the 'media eyes' at the station:-

New St station by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr



Network Rail have recently announced that the 'media eyes' will feature commercial advertising and community information from the Birmingham area:

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Birmingham New Street station to feature state-of-the-art external advertising

08 April 2015 10:32

The content for the screens - known as media eyes which will fill the eye-shaped spaces above the station's three main entrances - will include community information from the Birmingham area as well as commercial advertising. The screens can also be used to display station messaging in emergency situations.

Chris Montgomery, Birmingham New Street project director said: "The three eye-shaped screens are a unique part of the station's redevelopment and will be an innovative and iconic part of the project. The media eyes will have full motion picture media content which will bring even more vibrancy and movement to this modern, state-of-the-art station."

Signature Outdoor/Ocean Group has been announced as the provider of the three media eyes which will sit over the main entrances when it opens in September this year. The media eyes present a unique challenge to the designer and installer due to curved spans up to 30m in length and seven metres in height to fit within the complex geometry of the new façade.

Gerry Bew, managing partner for Ocean Group, said: "We are delighted to be working with Network Rail on what is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country at the moment. Along with our technology partner D3 this furthers Ocean Group's digital out of home advertising credentials in the UK's largest advertising market outside of London."

David Neale, director at D3 LED Europe, added: 'D3 LED Europe is delighted to be working with Ocean Group and Network Rail on this world-class transport and retail development. As a Birmingham based organisation we are very proud to have been awarded what is likely to be one of the most spectacular and impactful digital-out-of-home LED display projects in Europe."

Richard Brown, development director of Grand Central said: "The media eyes are a significant feature to the development providing the ability to communicate with consumers from the entrances of the centre, further demonstrating how technology will play a key role in transforming people's overall shopping experience at Grand Central."

The south and south east eyes will use the latest custom, full colour LED screen technology consisting of over 1000 modules configured in a module matrix to create the complex curve geometry. The north west corner eye at the Navigation Street entrance will use a transparent LED mesh so natural light can still enter the building.
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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY SPORTS CENTRE

Construction is progressing on Birmingham University's new £55m sports centre:-

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Sports Centre

Our new, state-of-the-art sports centre will sit on the corner of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road, and will be a gateway to the University for students, staff and our local community.

The £55m centre will encompass a unique raft of facilities, including Birmingham’s only 50m swimming pool, as well as a large multi-sport hall, a range of activity and fitness studios, a very extensive gym,
six glass-backed squash courts and various other facilities. The centre will open its doors in early 2016.

The centre will underline the University of Birmingham’s commitment to sport at all levels. It will be a home for our many sports clubs, allowing them to train and compete at the highest level.

UB Sport consistently finishes in the top three of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league where our sport teams compete with over 165 UK institutions.

It will include a new home for the University’s Hi Performance Centre, providing specialist facilities, expertise and support under one roof to sportsmen and women in the University, city and region.

It will help our committed amateur sports people to improve their performance, and our most talented to win medals on the global stage.

But at Birmingham we believe sport is for all, and from absolute beginner to world-class athlete, UB Sport offers a range of opportunities for everyone to get involved with – which the new centre will allow us to expand even further.

In addition to students and student sports clubs, it will cater for around 3,000 community and alumni members, as well as more casual pay as you go users, community clubs and groups.

The centre will offer a wide range of programmes and classes, including a choice of up to 200 fitness and sports classes and an expanded learn to swim programme for all ages.

It will be an important centre for community health and well-being, and substantial effort has been made to ensure all facilities are as accessible as possible for those with disabilities, injuries or other specific access requirements.

In fact, the centre will specialise in rehabilitation from injury and illness, as well as meeting the fitness needs of competitive sports players, and the gym will be one of the most extensive and
advanced in the country thanks to both the quality and range of equipment but also the supporting expertise.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...tre/index.aspx


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ICentrum Building

Construction work is underway at Innovation Birmingham's 41,700 sq ft ICentrum building, which will be a technology focused building designed to be a 'tech incubator innovation marketplace'.

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Birmingham Science Park’s iCentrum building to become a Cisco ‘living lab’ showcase for collaborative technology

An international ‘living lab’ showcase for state-of-the-art collaborative technologies will be created by global network and communications giant Cisco at Birmingham Science Park’s iCentrumTM building. A £1 million budget has been assigned to the installations, with Cisco providing expertise and access to their next-generation technology solutions.

As the first building in the proposed £35 million Digital Plaza, the ground floor of the 30,0000 sq ft, three-storey iCentrumTM building will house a unique collection of collaboration environments, designed by the project architects and an international Cisco team of customer experience specialists. Workshops with user groups will capture insight on the types of meetings and conversations that people want to have and develop across the globe.

Cisco’s state-of-the art collaboration products include immersive TelePresence video communication, expert mentoring platforms, personalised digital screens, virtual mConcierge, remote expert, avatars, flex space and the newly unveiled StyleMe mirror. Working in conjunction with the Birmingham Science Park community, these platforms will be developed for integration into iCentrumTM.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Birmingham Science Park, said: “We have always set-out to make Birmingham Science Park’s iCentrumTM the best building of its kind across Europe and hopefully beyond. This hugely exciting partnership with Cisco will take our vision into a reality.

“iCentrumTM has been designed for the latest technology and applications that catalyse innovation. However, any building that is brand new can make claims to being the best and the cleverest, but for how long? This partnership with Cisco is a long-term commitment from a leading global technology giant to ensure Birmingham’s iCentrumTM building will continue to be furnished with the latest technological installations, beyond the first wave.

“This is a significant coup for Birmingham, as it promotes itself as a leading Smart and connected digital city. For Birmingham Science Park, such an exciting, collaborative environment will offer new opportunities and stimulation to the burgeoning community of tech entrepreneurs that we are nurturing here.”

A highly innovative funding model will enable Birmingham Science Park and its joint venture partner Thomas Vale Construction Ltd to deliver the first Digital Plaza building speculatively, ending a four year drought of no purely speculative office development in Birmingham. The iCentrumTM building, which is subject to planning permission, has an estimated construction cost of £7.5 million and will take 12 months to build.

Clive Grinyer, Head of Customer Experience for Cisco’s strategic advisory service IBSG, said: “This collaboration for the iCentrumTM project allows us to develop the use of our technology with tech entrepreneurs and businesses, and connect them to global partners and audiences. This inspirational building will provide a launch pad to develop our products and apply brand-new technologies for the first time. Birmingham Science Park’s dynamic community of young tech entrepreneurs is highly valuable to our thinking and the development of ideas, and this long-term approach will enable us to work in partnership to achieve even more going forwards.”

Birmingham Science Park is the gateway to the Eastside learning and knowledge quarter, with the Digital Plaza site accessed off Holt Street/Enterprise Way and A38 Aston Expressway. The Science Park’s vacant development plot has been identified within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s Enterprise Zone proposals, which covers 26 sites within the Big City Plan area. The Digital Plaza will be one of the first Enterprise Zone developments to get underway and will enable its future occupiers to benefit from Business Rates relief.

The Science Park’s Entrepreneurs for the Future incubation facility, launched two and a half years ago, has already created 58 new companies, with 111 employees and directors. To extend and complement this activity, iCentrumTM may house a variety of industry-led incubators to drive new innovative businesses in the key sectors of the regional economy.
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JOHN LEWIS BUILDING

Progress on the cladding being added to the John Lewis building in Birmingham city centre:-

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This was the artist's impression of the building:-



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Such a shame to see that Chamberlain Square designs have been so drastically cheapened. The quality is much lower than originally promised. Very disappointed that the local government didn't demand more.

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Now (more cheap glass, less masonry)


The same goes for the station where the designs have been value engineered to deatth and will no longer resemble the original winning design
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The latest image



The Glenn Howells building (the one on the left) looks a lot better than in the original renders.
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I think the bottom one is better, personally. Shrugs.
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RESORTS WORLD BIRMINGHAM

Progress on the Resorts World development next to the National Exhibition Centre:-

Resorts World by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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Artist's impression of the finished building:-




Resorts World website:-

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