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Old August 5th, 2015, 12:48 AM   #461
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NO 1 EASTSIDE LOCKS

Some recent photos of the No 1 Eastside Locks 659 room student accommodation development near Birmingham city centre:-

No 1 Eastside Locks by Ade, on Flickr


No 1 Eastside Locks by Ade, on Flickr




http://www.alumnodevelopments.com/pr...ks-birmingham/
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Old August 6th, 2015, 12:55 AM   #462
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ARENA CENTRAL

Galliford Try have been appointed as lead contractor on the 2 Arena Central office development. This will be an 11-storey, 210,000 sq. ft. building which will be the UK headquarters for HSBC Bank's business and retail banking division.



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Galliford Try wins £66m contract to build new HSBC base
13:26, 4 AUGUST 2015
BY TAMLYN JONES
Construction group behind £32m Edgbaston Stadium expansion wins latest brief in city to construct 2 Arena Central in Broad Street

Work on a new headquarters for HSBC in Birmingham is expected to start imminently after a lead contractor was appointed.

Uxbridge-based Galliford Try, which last month won the contract to build the new Birmingham Conservatoire, will lead development of the 11-storey 2 Arena Central in Broad Street.

It will house thousands of staff working in HSBC's business and retail banking arms which are relocating from Canary Wharf in London as part of government plans to separate off investment work from other sections of high street banks from 2019.

2 Arena Central, which will be opposite the Library of Birmingham and next to Alpha Tower, will have grade A office accommodation and ground floor retail or restaurant space across 210,000 sq ft.

It was acquired by HSBC earlier this year.

Work is due to start on the £66 million contract in September once demolition and clearance has been completed on the 9.2-acre site which used to house the old ATV studios.

Galliford Try, which also built the £32 million extension at Edgbaston Stadium, will also deliver more than £10 million of public realm which has been designed by landscape architectural practice Gillespies and will comprise more than 50 per cent soft landscaping to create an urban meadow.

The works will also include the creation of Bank Court, a new public courtyard behind the Municipal Bank building in Broad Street and extensive new landscaping around Alpha Tower.

The wider, one million sq ft Arena Central project will eventually have five new buildings - two residential and three commercial - and a new Holiday Inn Express hotel on land next the Alpha Tower and the Crowne Plaza hotel.

It will also be connected to New Street station and the wider city via an extension to the Midland Metro tram network with a dedicated stop outside.

A joint venture between Miller Developments and Pro Vinci Asset Management, called Arena Central Developments, is behind the project.

Jonathan Wallis, from Arena Central Developments, said: "This site represents a landmark development for Birmingham, with the forward purchase of 2 Arena Central marking one of the most significant inward investment deals to take place in the region for over a decade.

"Galliford Try emerged from a highly competitive tendering process as the stand out contractor that we have entrusted to deliver our vision at Arena Central.

"We are focused on the start of the construction phase of this project, following the completion of the demolition works."

2 Arena Central was designed by Ken Shuttleworth of London-based Make Architects, the practice behind The Cube and The Gherkin in London, and will have the capacity to accommodate up to 2,500 people.

It is claimed to be the first building in Birmingham to be constructed to LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) gold accreditation.

Simon Burton, managing director of Galliford Try West Midlands and South West, said: "This is a significant appointment, with Arena Central representing one of the most high-profile active development sites in Birmingham.

"We will now work closely with Arena Central Developments to ensure the delivery of a high-quality product that matches the aspirations of this statement site."
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Old August 7th, 2015, 12:58 AM   #463
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103 COLMORE ROW

Planning permission has been granted for the demolition of 103 Colmore Row and it's replacement with a 26-storey, 200,000 sq. ft. office block. This is what it will look like:-



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Green light for NatWest Tower demolition
13:02, 6 AUGUST 2015
BY NEIL ELKES
Birmingham City Council backs plans by Sterling Property Ventures and Rockspring to build 26-storey replacement for unused John Madin building

A £60 million 26-storey office block will be built in Birmingham city centre by summer 2018 after getting the green light from council planners.

The planning committee was today almost unanimous in its support for the demolition of the NatWest Tower at 103 Colmore Row and its replacement with a grade A office building.

The new tower will have 200,000 sq ft of offiice space, a retail unit fronting onto Newhall Street, be topped by a 'lantern' feature to light up the city skyline, a rooftop restaurant and street level winter garden.

The 22-storey, 103 Colmore Row was designed by John Madin and completed in 1974 but has been empty since 2003. Its demolition was initially rejected back in March as councillors wanted to see what would replace it before approving the application to knock it down.

Coun Fiona Williams (Lab Hodge Hill) said today: "This city will be considerably enhanced by this. It is not as tall at the BT Tower and some other buildings are nearly as tall so it will not be out of keeping. Every generation has a right to make its mark on the city."

Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Con Weoley) said it replaced "a monstrosity" in the NatWest Tower.

He added: "The new tower is very imaginative and very welcome."

The only dissent came from Coun Gareth Moore (Con Erdington) who believed the design was out of place in historic Colmore Row.

The council's director of planning Waheed Nazir outlined the importance of the development to the city centre.

"This is one of the most iconic sites to be built on and will give confidence back, a sign that this city means business," he told the committee meeting.

He explained that demolition of the NatWest Tower would take about a year and developers Rockspring and Sterling Property Ventures were ready to build.

"This plan will not sit on a shelf waiting for a tenant, we have a commitment from Rockspring that this will be built 100 per cent speculatively," Mr Nazir added.

"Rockspring is a major global investment fund and this is their single biggest development in the whole of the UK. They have already committed £55 million to this project."

He added that this showed Birmingham would be competing globally in the office market.

At 346 feet high and with the apex to stand more than 800 feet above sea level, the new tower will be the tallest office building under construction in the UK outside of the capital.

Rockspring director Eric Linden said: "We have been encouraged by the support for our plans for this landmark development, from the people of Birmingham and potential occupiers, as well as from the city council and other stakeholders.

"Rockspring is pleased to be playing such a significant role in the improvement of this prime area of Birmingham, a city we view as a strengthening target for regional investment in the UK and where there is significant demand for quality, modern office space."

Peter Graham, construction director at Sterling, added: "We're very pleased that Birmingham City Council has acknowledged our unwavering commitment to this project and this great city.

"It means we can now move this project off the drawing board and onto site, replacing an outdated, inefficient building with a modern, landmark office development that Birmingham can be proud of."
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...lition-9803041
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Old August 7th, 2015, 01:02 AM   #464
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Fantastic I love the look of that building. Helps make the city look more alive and moving forward.
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Old August 8th, 2015, 11:19 PM   #465
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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY - THE VALE

Progress at The Vale, Birmingham University's 725-bed student accommodation scheme in Edgbaston:-

The Vale by Ade, on Flickr

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http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...esidences.aspx
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Old August 10th, 2015, 12:59 AM   #466
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PEBBLE MILL

Not too long to go before the new Dental Hospital and Birmingham University School of Dentistry open at Pebble Mill in Edgbaston. Here are a couple of recent photos:-

Pebble Mill by Ade, on Flickr

Pebble Mill by Ade, on Flickr



http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...ng/dental.aspx
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Old August 11th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #467
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BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

Construction of the new Birmingham Conservatoire has started with the new principal, Julian Lloyd Webber, symbolically putting the first spade into the ground at the Eastside site:-

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Julian Lloyd Webber kicks off work on Birmingham Conservatoire
05:00, 10 AUGUST 2015
BY EMMA MCKINNEY

New £46m school of music to be built in Jennens will replace Adrian Boult Hall and be the first conservatoire built in the UK in a generation

Renowned musician Julian Lloyd Webber swapped his cello for a shovel to put the first spade in the ground on the development of the new Birmingham Conservatoire.

Professor Lloyd Webber, the newly appointed principal of the Birmingham City University-run conservatoire, joined fellow staff and development partners to celebrate the start of building work at the Eastside site.

The £46 million project, the UK's first new conservatoire in a generation, will open for teaching and performances in September 2017.

Prof Lloyd Webber said: "The opportunities that lie ahead for Birmingham Conservatoire are limitless.

"We will have an exceptional new home for making music as well as access to the university's facilities and multi-genre expertise, ensuring our students leave with all the skills they need for today's music industry."

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley studios, it will house a 400-seat auditorium, two additional performance spaces and a range of teaching facilities.

Located on the university's fast-developing city centre campus, the conservatoire will give students access to media and production facilities - including one of the largest green screen studios in the UK.

The controversial building has divided commentators - with some likening it to an Oxo cube and a cheese grater.

But Mr Lloyd Webber defended the design, adding: "It's going to look very special.

"The state-of-the-art facilities being built within the university's superb campus will be second to none and superior to many, both throughout the UK and beyond."

Prof Lloyd Webber retired from public performance as a cellist last year because of a herniated disc in his neck and took on the role of principal of the conservatoire last month, taking over from long-term predecessor Prof David Saint.

"I will a be 'hands-on' principal - I know about the music profession and I want to help the students in every way I can," he said.

"I want every student to leave Birmingham Conservatoire fully equipped to make a career in music.

"There are many facets involved with that - it's not all about practising an instrument for six hours every day - although that's important too."


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Old August 12th, 2015, 12:49 AM   #468
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NEW ST TRAIN STATION

We're now approaching a conclusion to the cladding being applied to New St train station:-

New St station by Ade, on Flickr

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New St station by Ade, on Flickr

http://www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk/a...ur-vision.aspx
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Old August 13th, 2015, 01:42 AM   #469
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BIRMINGHAM TRAMWAY EXTENSION

The Midland Metro extension through Birmingham city centre is due to be up and running later this year; here are some more photos of the extension through the Snowhill/Colmore Circus area:-

Midland Metro extension - Snowhill by Ade, on Flickr

Midland Metro extension - Snowhill by Ade, on Flickr

Midland Metro extension - Snowhill by Ade, on Flickr

Midland Metro extension - Colmore Circus/Snowhill by Ade, on Flickr

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Old August 13th, 2015, 09:17 AM   #470
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^ Elegant tramway there.
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Old August 13th, 2015, 06:05 PM   #471
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wow everything at New.St is really coming together now.. oh sorry I mean 'Grand Central'.

Also, that tramway is awesome. I wonder how long it'll look like that though.

Great updates mate.
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RESORTS WORLD BIRMINGHAM

Not too long now before Resorts World, next to the National Exhibition Centre site, is opened. Resorts World consists of retail units, a hotel, spa, restaurants, bars, a cinema, casino, and banqueting and conference centre.

Resorts World by Ade, on Flickr

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THE GRAND HOTEL

The Grand Hotel on Colmore Row in Birmingham city centre is undergoing a restoration at the moment; here are some recent photos showing the exterior of the building:-

The Grand Hotel by Ade, on Flickr

The Grand Hotel by Ade, on Flickr

The Grand Hotel by Ade, on Flickr

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Here is the illustration of what it should look like when it is finished:




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GRAND CENTRAL/NEW ST GATEWAY PROJECT

Progress on the cladding for the Grand Central/New St Gateway project, which covers New St train station, the new John Lewis department store and the shopping centre above the train station:-

New St/John Lewis by Ade, on Flickr

New St/John Lewis by Ade, on Flickr

New St/John Lewis by Ade, on Flickr



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A rendering with pedestrian railings. So retro.
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BEORMA QUARTER

Plans have been released for the second phase of the Beorma Quarter development, which will be 30 floors and 113m tall. This will be a mixed use building of retail space, office space and residential apartments:-



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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY SPORTS CENTRE

Progress on the construction of the new £55m Birmingham University Sports Centre:-

Bham Uni Sports Centre by Ade, on Flickr

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

Progress at the Eastside Locks office development in Cardigan St, Eastside:-

Eastside Locks, Cardigan St by Ade, on Flickr

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BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY - NEW LIBRARY

Progress on the construction of Birmingham University's new library at it's main campus in Edgbaston:-

Bham Uni new library by Ade, on Flickr

Bham Uni new library by Ade, on Flickr

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...rary-blog.aspx
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