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Old April 18th, 2015, 07:57 PM   #361
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DIGBETH

The Harrison Drape building in Digbeth is a former curtain factory which is being redeveloped as residential apartments. This is what it looked like recently:-

Harrison Drape by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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Recent Birmingham Post newspaper article:-

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Former factory in Digbeth will be rebranded Fabrick Square and have four individually named buildings following £30m redevelopment

A vision to create more than 300 homes around a new square near Birmingham city centre has been unveiled.

The £30 million transformation of the old Harrison Drape building, in Bradford Street, Digbeth, will be called Fabrick Square, it has been revealed.

Drawing on the building's history as a former curtain factory, the development will comprise four individual buildings: The Cotton Lofts, Cotton House, The Drapery and Drapery House.

Plans for the two-acre development, by city firm Seven Capital, include 73 studios, 152 one-bedroom and 88 two-bedroom flats as well as a 2,420 sq ft retail unit, parking and landscaping.

It confirms a new future for the site where, in 2011, Irish developer Naus Group had proposed a hotel before the scheme collapsed.

Phil Carlin, managing director of Seven Capital, said the proximity to the proposed Curzon Street HS2 station, where work is expected to begin in three years, was already stimulating demand.

He said: "The Harrison Drape building is a landmark in Digbeth and its transformation is vital to its wider regeneration. As Birmingham welcomes more business investment, developments like this are set to provide welcoming homes to new staff.

"We are already seeing interest from those looking to benefit from the area's growing creative reputation, amenities and close proximity to the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street and city centre."

Work on Fabrick Square is already under way and is expected to be complete by the end of next year.


Seven Capital, which acquired the site in 2012, is creating 313 apartments which are expected to sell for between £99,000 to £149,000.

The original building was the home of curtain track-maker Harrison Drape from the 19th century onwards.

Mr Carlin said Seven Capital wanted to retain as many original features of the structure as possible, including the façade.

He added: "Each of the Fabrick Square buildings has its own character, and every apartment has been crafted in both layout and specifications.

"With clean, contemporary lines and stylish fittings, every room will be furnished to the same exacting high standards.

"There is a lot of local affection for this building and by reflecting its history as a curtain factory in the names of its individual buildings and the square itself - the first residential square in Digbeth - we hope it will become a much-loved home to many."

Seven Capital and its sister company Colmore Tang Construction are working together to bring forward more than 2,500 new homes across Birmingham.

The Post has previously reported it is behind more 600 apartments at the St George's Urban Village scheme in the Jewellery Quarter, 271 flats at One Hagley Road at Five Ways and potentially more than 200 more at neighbouring Landsdowne House.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 09:20 PM   #362
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ASTON UNIVERSITY

The old Central Fire Station, next to Aston University's main campus site, is being converted into a 500 bed student accommodation site.

Here are a couple of recent photos of the site at it nears completion:-

Ex-Central Fire Station by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

Ex-Central Fire Station by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr





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UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL

Currently under construction in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham is The University of Birmingham School, which will be the first 11-18 age group university training school in Britain.

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University School is 'top' of its class

Posted on Monday 20th April 2015

The pioneering University of Birmingham School, which opens to its first pupils in September, was officially ‘topped out’ on Friday (17 April) as it reached the highest point in its construction.

Principal Michael Roden and Registrar and Secretary at the University of Birmingham, Lee Sanders, jointly laid the final brick in the front of the building along with colleagues from contractors Willmott Dixon to mark the point at which the building reached its highest point.

The University of Birmingham School opens in September 2015 with intakes of 150 into Year 7 and 200 into the Lower Sixth at its purpose-built home on the University’s Selly Oak site.

The School will be the first 11-18 University Training School in the country and will be a centre for initial and on-going teacher education and training and research into improving educational practice. The curriculum will be informed by the latest research via links with the academic departments, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.

Its key aim is to transform lives by creating a learning community equipped to maximise the personal and academic achievement of all its pupils. It is setting out to bring together pupils from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, with differing prior academic attainment, to create an environment that reflects the diversity of Birmingham and providing opportunities for everyone to excel.

Pupils will be drawn from across Birmingham with Year 7 places allocated according to the applicant’s distance from one of four admissions nodes across the city – Selly Oak, Small Heath, Jewellery Quarter and Hall Green. There are no entrance requirements for Year 7 pupils.

Michael Roden, Principal of the University of Birmingham School, said: “In just a few short months, our first pupils will walk through the doors. It is a hugely exciting time, and this milestone is an important point at which to take stock, celebrate how much progress we have made and to look forward to the University of Birmingham School being a reality.

“We want our School to offer a best in class education and this outstanding building, together with the well qualified, talented and inspirational teachers we have recruited utilising access to the University of Birmingham and its facilities will play a pivotal role in ensuring we really can help to transform the lives of those who attend.”

Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon, said: “The University of Birmingham School is a prestigious project and we are delighted to have reached this significant milestone today.

“Supporting young people to help them reach their full potential is very important to Willmott Dixon, and this school will provide just such an environment to encourage academic excellence. We are very proud to be involved in building this new school, which will equip thousands of students with top class skills needed for success in today's workplace.”
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http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/lat...its-class.aspx

A recent photo showing the front of the school:-

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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY - NEW LIBRARY

Progress on constructing the new library at Birmingham University's main campus:-

B'ham Uni Library by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

B'ham Uni Library by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr


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BATTERY PARK, SELLY OAK

Battery Park in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham is the site of a development by the Harvest Partnership, which is a joint venture between Land Securities and Sainsbury's. Previously an industrial and landfill site, it will be a mixed use development including a life sciences campus, a Sainsbury's supermarket plus other shops, bars and restaurants, and some student accommodation.





Site clearance is now underway, as these recent photos show:-

Battery Park by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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LONGBRIDGE

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Regeneration specialist St. Modwen and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have now submitted plans for a residential development in Longbridge for the RCDM personnel:-

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Birmingham Medical Staff Move Step Closer to New Accommodation at Longbridge

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have submitted plans for a landmark residential facility for military staff working at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) Birmingham.

This development at St. Modwen’s £1 billion Longbridge community will provide 180 en-suite bedrooms and support facilities for RCDM personnel based at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The six storey building is adjacent to the A38 Longbridge roundabout giving staff easy access to shops and restaurants at Longbridge town centre, the three acre Austin Park and public transport links.

The medical staff are currently housed in rented accommodation across Birmingham, so this new facility will enable the team to establish an improved military identity and community.

Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “The RCDM accommodation will be an important contribution to the evolving and increasingly diverse community at St. Modwen’s £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge.

“Subject to planning consent being granted by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee, construction of the facility will begin this autumn.”

The Centre for Defence Medicine was established in Birmingham at the QE in 2001 and became the Royal Centre in 2002. The decision to make a greater use of NHS hospitals and training facilities led to an open competition in which NHS trusts were asked to bid to host the then Centre for Defence Medicine. University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust (UHBFT) was awarded the contract, which will last until at least 2045.

Since 2007 St. Modwen has created more than 3,700 jobs at Longbridge and delivered 350 new homes along with Bournville College, The Factory youth centre, and Longbridge Innovation Centre, which is home to nearly 60 businesses. The new £70 million Longbridge Town Centre already includes Sainsbury’s, Costa Coffee and a Premier Inn, and the Midlands’ largest Marks & Spencer and a 260-apartment Extra Care retirement village are on their way.


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BIRMINGHAM TRAMWAY EXTENSION

The Midland Metro extension through Birmingham city centre gradually progresses:-

These two photos are from the Stephenson Place/Stephenson St area, near to New St train station.

Midland Metro extension - Stephenson St by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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Old April 28th, 2015, 12:22 AM   #368
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PEBBLE MILL

Progress on the construction of the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and Birmingham University's School of Dentistry at Pebble Mill, Edgbaston:-

Pebble Mill by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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BIRMINGHAM DENTAL HOSPITAL

Client: Birmingham and Solihull LIFTCo
Value: £36 million
Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Galliford Try is the principal contractor for the new Birmingham Dental Hospital, which operates in partnership with the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry.

The new facility will be the first integrated, standalone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years.

Service provision, education and research form key components, with consultant-led dental specialties providing treatment for around 115,000 attendances each year, together with undergraduate and postgraduate training for dental students, dental nurses, dental hygienists and therapists.

The new 15,000 sq m facility will comprise two four-storey concrete frame structures linked by a glazed atrium.

The north block will be used primarily for teaching and research and will house lecture theatres and teaching space. The south block will deliver dental care from 154 dental bays on three floors. Another floor will house administration space and a restaurant. The south block will also have an undercroft car park.

The building is designed to achieve the BREEAM “Excellent” rating with features including thermal mass exposed concrete, night time cooling and large opening windows.

It is due to open to staff, students and public for the beginning of the 2015 autumn term.

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NO 1 EASTSIDE LOCKS

Construction progress at the 659 student room No 1 Eastside Locks scheme for Birmingham City University's campus next to the city centre:-

No 1 Eastside Locks by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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ARENA CENTRAL

Ongoing demolition at the Arena Central site in Birmingham city centre:-

Arena Central by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

Arena Central by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr


Confirmation of HSBC Bank purchasing the 2 Arena Central site:-

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HSBC and Arena Central complete deal for UK ring-fenced bank head office. Arena Central Developments Ltd (ACDL) and HSBC have signed the largest property deal to take place in Birmingham since 2002.

HSBC will forward purchase the 210,000 sq ft 2 Arena Central, which will be the head office of HSBC’s UK ring-fenced bank serving personal and business customers.

Ring-fencing legislation comes into effect in the UK on 1 January 2019 and HSBC confirmed last month that it will create its ring-fenced bank head office in Birmingham. It is purchasing the 2 Arena Central site on a 250-year lease, reflecting both its commitment to Birmingham and investment in the ring-fenced bank head office.

Subject to securing planning permission at the end of April, work will start on 2 Arena Central in the summer and will be handed over to HSBC in mid-2017 for occupation from early 2018.

Designed by renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects, the building has the capacity to accommodate up to 2,500 people and will be the first in Birmingham to be constructed to LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Gold accreditation.

Birmingham is already home to more than 2,500 HSBC employees and around 1,000 head office roles will move from London to Birmingham before 1 January 2019.

Situated in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre Enterprise Zone, the 9.2 acre Arena Central site has been masterplanned to deliver over 1million sqft of office lead, mixed use development. The deal will include the delivery of nearly £10m of new public realm designed by landscape architects, Gillespies featuring over 50 per cent soft landscaping.

Arena Central is being delivered by ACDL, a joint venture between Miller Developments and Pro Vinci Asset Management.

Phil Miller, Chief Executive Miller Developments, said: “The two teams have worked tirelessly to deliver what is the most significant deal in Birmingham for over a decade and will redefine the westside of Birmingham.

“This is great news for both Birmingham and for Arena Central and builds on the city’s burgeoning reputation as a leading centre for professional and financial services operators. We will continue to work with HSBC throughout the construction of 2 Arena Central to ensure the delivery of a first-class, tailor-made commercial environment.”

HSBC selected Birmingham and Arena Central following a review of a number of possible head office locations.



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BIRMINGHAM'S JEWELLERY QUARTER

A socially useful regeneration project:-

The Standard Works building in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter was previously used as a silversmith but has been empty for many years. It is now being redeveloped by the Ruskin Mill Trust as an education and community centre for 16 to 25 year olds with special educational needs, particularly those associated with autism.

Birmingham Post article:

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Jewellery Quarter regeneration project is far from standard

It was once a thriving hub of jewellery manufacturing but has been left vacant for two decades. Now, the Standard Works building in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is being brought back to life as a college and community hub.

Derelict, neglected and in need of a serious overhaul, the Standard Works building is not a regeneration project for the faint-hearted – or those on a tight budget.

But it is a structurally sound former silversmith which, given a bit of love, could become a lasting community hub in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter.

Work has finally started on a multimillion-pound project to bring back to life the Grade II listed structure on the corner of Vittoria Street and Regent Place, which has sat idle for 20 years.

Ruskin Mill Trust, a charity based in Gloucestershire, is creating a 20,000 sq ft education and community centre where 16 to 25 year olds with special educational needs, principally Asperger's syndrome, can learn a trade while developing personal and social skills.

Named Argent College, it will be the fifth college opened by the trust and joins sister sites Glasshouse College in Stourbridge and three others in Sheffield, Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire.

Ruskin Mill's assistant director of development, Elisabeth Johnson, told the Post: "Considering it's not been used for 20 years, Standard Works is in pretty good condition but we're really lucky as we got in here just in time as the roofs are going and water has just poured in.

"We want to retain as many of the originals features as we can and preserve the heritage. This project is not only to provide the education for the young people but also to make sure we're integrated into the community.

"So we're really looking at the functions of the building and ensuring it serves the students and the community in the best possible way. The aim is to ensure there isn't really a separation between the two when there doesn't need to be one."

Malvern-based construction group SpellerMetcalfe is carrying out the first phase of the project which will see the building made sound against the elements, new access and lifts created and the first floor converted into teaching space.

This initial element is expected to create around 12 jobs and will provide resource and classes for up to 20 students.

The second and final phase, which the trust hopes will be finished by the end of 2018, will comprise renovation of the basement, ground and second floors and the creation of a rooftop garden and bee colony.

There will be a café and bakery called The Hive, training kitchen, heritage gallery and jewellery making facilities, to be run by the students but accessible to the public, with profits ploughed back into the running of the college.

The basement will have a performance space with seating for up to 100 and the trust is currently investigating the possibility of a partnership with the Birmingham REP to use the space.

The top floor will house therapy areas and three bedrooms aimed at helping pupils learn about independence and living away from their homes.

Once open, New Standard Works will be able to accommodate up to 50 students and employ about 30 teaching, support and admin staff.

According to English Heritage, Standard Works was built in the late 1870s, based on designs by Thomas F Williams.

It is considered an important early example of a factory built for multiple occupancy and a precursor of flatted factory developments built after the Second World War.

At one time, it is believed to have accommodated 15 separate manufacturing units and originally had five main entrances.

A four-storey addition designed by Harry Bloomer was added in 1886 and it wasn't long before it became a single factory site when the Standard Works was launched by silversmith D&L Spiers in 1900.
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...ct-far-8627601

This is what the building looked like recently:

Standard Works building, JQ by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr
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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY - THE VALE

Topping out has been completed at Birmingham University's student accommodation site at The Vale:-

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University accommodation rises to the top

The University of Birmingham’s new Chamberlain residence, which comprises a 21-storey tower and three smaller blocks, has reached its highest point of construction, ahead of opening its doors to students this autumn. Friends and neighbours of the University were among guests who travelled to the roof of the building to see Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood lay the final area of concrete at the top.

The hall, which rises around 75m from ground level, will be home to more than 700 first year students at the University from this September, replacing the previous Chamberlain Hall tower which closed its doors in 2006. The tower, which was also known as Eden Tower and High Hall, was built more than 50 years ago and no longer provided the modern, 21st century student homes which the University desires for its students.

As the tower was removed, it left a noticeable gap on the landscape of Edgbaston – a gap which has now been filled by the new construction. Designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects and built by Balfour Beatty, the tower is a striking and elegant design, with the smaller blocks angled in such a way to open up views onto the Vale from adjacent Church Road. Previously, these views were hidden by the old halls.

Students who live in the tower accommodation will themselves benefit from stunning views of either the Vale, a grade 2 historic park and garden, and the University central campus or of the city, three miles away.

Lesley Stewart, director of residential and environmental services at the University said: “We have an on-going commitment to invest in our accommodation stock to ensure that students coming to Birmingham have outstanding homes to live in, to get their University lives off to a flying start.

“The redevelopment of Chamberlain is the latest project to come to fruition after many years of hard work to get it to this stage and I am delighted that we have reached this important point. The tower looks wonderful, and I look forward to welcoming the first residents of the new Chamberlain this autumn.”

Colin Harper, Project Director for Balfour Beatty said: “Today marks an important milestone in the construction of the new Chamberlain student residences, at the topping out of the 21-storey development. We look forward to continuing to work with the University of Birmingham and local community to deliver this state-of-the-art residence for students.”
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/lat...o-the-top.aspx

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BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY - CURZON BUILDING

Progress on the Curzon Building at Birmingham City University's Eastside campus, next to the city centre:-

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BIRMINGHAM'S JEWELLERY QUARTER

Progress on the construction of the new Assay Office in the Jewellery Quarter:-

New Assay Office by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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Assay Office move marks new chapter

After decades in its current Newhall Street home, the city's historic institution has now started the process of packing up and moving to a new bigger base in the Jewellery Quarter

One of Birmingham's most revered institutions has begun the process of packing away priceless collections to move to a new purpose-built home this summer.

The Assay Office was founded by industrial giant Matthew Boulton in 1773 to provide a hallmarking facility to the rapidly expanding local silver trade.

It has been based in Newhall Street for almost 140 years but, after selling the Grade II listed building to a developer, will move to a modern centre in Icknield Street, which will allow it to hold exhibitions, tell the story of the Jewellery Quarter and open up research facilities.

The Newhall Street building has been extended and added to several times during its history and is now a maze of different working areas meaning a move to a new site was needed.

Designed by AB Phipson and completed in 1878, it has been adapted over the years to house modern equipment such as x-ray machines, necessary to keep up with advances in forgery and to meet the demands of today's market.

The Assay Office mark – an anchor – has already been struck on tens of millions of articles in the first 15 years of the 21st century and after holding the last of its open days at Newhall Street at the end of March, the hallmarking body will now start labelling and storing its collection of nationally-important silverware ready to be moved.

Newhall Street was sold to mixed-use developer TCN UK last year. The company has promised to retain the character of the building where possible.

The new site is next to the Kettleworks building – currently being refurbished into apartments – and will be two storeys high, offering better facilities for around 120 staff and customers and will also enable wider public access to the resource, which the Assay Office has to offer in terms of its private library and silver collection.

It will also include a mix of conference and training rooms, as well as facilities to exhibit jewellery.

Spokeswoman Penny Parkes explained how Assay Office would be able to make its valuable collections more visible and accessible at the new building.

"At the moment there are hundreds and hundreds of beautiful pieces hidden away in drawers so we'll be able to change our exhibitions which, at the moment, are very static," said Ms Parkes.

"So, if it's an important anniversary of, let's say, the Caddy Spoon Society, or a similar group, we're going to be able hold specific displays."

The story of how Assay Office Birmingham came to have an anchor as its hallmark has become the stuff of jewellery trade legend.

"When the act was passed through Parliament and we were able to have Assay Offices in Birmingham and Sheffield, the two parties went to a pub on The Strand called the Crown and Anchor where they discussed the need for hallmarks," explained Ms Parkes.

"Legend has it a coin was tossed and Birmingham lost, so Sheffield got the crown and we got the Anchor. Subsequently, Sheffield has changed its crown to a rose but we have kept our anchor since 1773."

Integrity and independence are at the heart of Assay Office principles. It is overseen by 'guardians' and a board of non-executive directors, called wardens, who are connected to the jewellery trade but entirely independent.

And one of the wardens, Redditch-based contemporary silversmith and goldsmith, Martyn Pugh, is involved in the specification and building of the new offices.

Assay Office has a vast collection of mass-produced items that 'made the money' for the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham, including caddy spoons, cigarette boxes, spectacle cases and snuff boxes.

"This was how the Birmingham of Boulton's day got going. They're called toys, but they're not for playing with, just small metal objects for personal use," said Ms Parkes.

"We try to buy pieces every year and we also get donations. We wanted to try to make sure we purchase a piece of silver hallmarked by us for every year since we started keeping a punch register – from 1840 to the present day."

As well as highlighting the area's jewellery-making history, the Assay Office is keen to shine a light on the numerous craftsmen and women working in the trade today.

"We've got things in our collections made for Liberty of London, a fantastic company that still champions craftsmanship.

"We have, in the quarter, a wonderful company called LJ Millington using machines over 100 years old which are just as good today as they were when they were built, creating short runs of 20-or-so pieces for people like Liberty.

"They also create items for well-known British names. They're not interested in the high-profile public branding, just creating brilliant things here in Birmingham."

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...ks-new-9067836
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JOHN LEWIS BUILDING

Progress on the John Lewis building in Birmingham city centre ahead of it's opening in September:-

John Lewis by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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John Lewis recruits for 500 roles
05:00, 30 April 2015 By Tamlyn Jones
Department store chain launches employment drive in the city as it embarks on next phase of hiring ahead of September opening

Birmingham is set for a major jobs boost with recruitment for more than 500 roles at the new flagship John Lewis opening.

Applications for the roles begin tomorrow with a variety of positions from sales assistants to stock and catering roles on offer to people from the city.

The Post previously reported the retail giant had begun recruiting for 150 specialist roles across visual merchandising, business protection, admin and maintenance.

Set to open in September, the 250,000 sq ft department store will be the anchor tenant of the new £150 million Grand Central retail development next to New Street station.

One of the largest John Lewis shops outside of London, it is the business' first shop opening of this scale in four years and represents a £35 million investment.

To ensure that the roles created by the shop are accessible to local people, the business has been working alongside the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership for two years to develop a pre-employment training package targeted at engaging potential partners from across the community.

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Old May 8th, 2015, 12:06 AM   #376
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AUCHINLECK HOUSE

Progress at the Park Regis hotel development at Five Ways:-



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Park Regis Sky Bar takes shape
17:57, 5 May 2015 By Graeme Brown
Glazing goes in on top floor of hotel development at Five Ways Island which is due to open later this year

The bar will be the most significant of its kind since The Cube development and will top off a new four-star hotel.

It forms part of a major scheme above Birmingham's Five Ways Shopping Centre, a building known as Auchinleck House.

It is one of the larger urban regeneration sites in Birmingham city centre, at 2.5 acres.

The bar, which will boast views over the city, will sit above a 15th floor private dining area seating up to 250 people.

The scheme, being developed by Colmore Tang, will also have a lobby lounge and bar, library, business centre and gym.

Seven Capital has already sold the scheme for £48.5 million which has consent for a 250,000 sq ft conference centre in a second phase of work.
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BIRMINGHAM TRAMWAY EXTENSION

Progress on the extension of the Midland Metro through Birmingham city centre:-

Stephenson Place:

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LONGBRIDGE

Once a centre for the car industry, Longbridge is undergoing an extensive redevelopment with the aspiration of creating 10,000 jobs across high-technology, retail, leisure and education sectors. Currently underway is a retail development anchored by a 150,000 sq. ft. Marks & Spencer department store:-

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BIRMINGHAM - INWARD INVESTMENT

Chinese/Far Eastern investors taking an interest in Birmingham as an investment location, as reported in the Birmingham Post newspaper recently:-

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Chinese investors' plan to fund major Birmingham regeneration schemes
05:45, 7 May 2015 By Graeme Brown
Consortium plans to filter capital from the super-rich of China and Taiwan into property, infrastructure and energy schemes

A group of wealthy Far Eastern investors are planning a major spending spree in Birmingham – and have huge regeneration schemes in their sights.

A consortium headed up by Denise Li, president at GlobalChina Wealth Management Company, plans to filter capital from the super-rich of China and Taiwan into property, infrastructure and energy schemes in the UK.

Speaking to the Post on a visit to Birmingham, Ms Li said the city was its principal focus, rather than London, which she said was “saturated”.

While Ms Li did not reveal potential investments, the group’s spending power would stretch to huge schemes like the Birmingham Smithfield development at the Wholesale Markets, regeneration around Curzon Street Station and the Icknield Port Loop residential quarter.

A group, which included one of Taiwan’s richest men, met Birmingham City Council’s deputy leader Ian Ward last week to discuss investment opportunities.

Ms Li, a former Miss Taiwan, said she wanted to use Birmingham as an exemplar to show how Far Eastern investment can help cities in the west to achieve growth ambitions.

She said: “We consider Birmingham to be the best city for this.

“It is developing. Everyone knows about London – it is a great city but it is saturated and hasn’t got much room to grow.

“We want to be building something new.

“We believe there is a very bright and interesting project here and it could change the relationship that Birmingham has with the Chinese.

“We want to offer job opportunities and help improve the lifestyle of British people and provide a demonstration of how to invest in a city for the 21st century.

“There is money ready and waiting for us to do this.”

Ms Li has established an equity company to invest in the UK, aided by Birmingham property developer Anthony McCourt and James Ng, a consultant at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in the city.

It will filter money from high net-worth individuals in China and Taiwan, as well as banks and third-party funds, to schemes in the UK, largely focused in the Greater Birmingham region.

Ms Li said there was a large appetite among rich Chinese people to invest in projects abroad – with real estate top of their list.

She is also keen to foster stronger ties with Wenzhou, one of China’s richest cities which has a conurbation of nine million people.

Ms Li said the consortium planned large-scale investment in the medium term. The group expects to spend between £10 million and £50 million in 2015 and treble that the year after.

“We don’t want to be limited by numbers,” she said. “The amount will depend on the needs of the city.

“We already have some projects in mind but we are looking to build gradually.

“In the short-term, we would like to build things up and this year maybe £10 million, but long-term it could be several billions of British pounds – it depends on the requirement.

“Chinese people are now looking for foreign investment.

“In China, we say ‘you don’t put all your assets in the same category’. Putting money abroad helps to have safe investment.”

She added: “We are trying to build a solid bridge so that east meets west.

“Chinese people have a feeling in their hearts when it comes to land. In this way, the Chinese are very similar to the British and share the same values.

“But potentially we will be looking at infrastructure and power plants.”

There are more than 350 billionaires in China and a further 33 in Taiwan, and rising fast, as well as more than three million millionaires.

She said she was keen to use Birmingham to demonstrate how much could be achieved using this rising wealth.

Ms Li added: “We are not just coming here with a brain, we are coming here with a heart.

“We are a global ambassador and Birmingham is the right place for us.

“We want to build something that helps Chinese people to invest and helps Birmingham and the city government here.

“We see Birmingham as Boomingham – there is lots of construction going on. We have been speaking to Ian Ward about it and we have some tentative potential sites we would like to build.”
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http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...-major-9197520
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