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Old September 21st, 2008, 01:57 PM   #41
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I think we need pictures of the interior renders as these are simply stunning!

The 'Rib Cage' as it has already been christened!

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Old September 21st, 2008, 02:30 PM   #42
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Old September 21st, 2008, 07:47 PM   #43
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Loving the inside, this is going to make a huge difference to the city centre. With the New Street towers and a possible four more along Smallbrook Queensway we'll have quite a 'downtown' area developing
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 09:20 PM   #44
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A fantastic cathedral of a space on this fly through! Will be world class when built!

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Old September 22nd, 2008, 11:42 PM   #45
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Nice flythrough.
Although i really do think alot of those horrible midrise concrete blocks need to be done up.
And a few really outstanding pieces of architecture would great.Would really put it on the map.

Annddd,i was reading a 2006 dated article on skyscrapernews that suggested the towers could be anywhere between 130 and 180 metres tall.I don't know if that still applies to this,but its interesting to know.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 06:53 PM   #46
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Oh yeah I forgot about the four rumoured towers for small brooke queensway! OMG in say 2014 Birmingham will be amazing, I say 2014 cause I think we need to get the 2012 figure out of our heads.

And hopefully the twin towers will be like 250m, lol.
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Old September 25th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #47
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103 Colmore row has finally been approved
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A bitterly-contested proposal to build a 35-storey tower in the historic heart of Birmingham city centre has been approved after a council official warned politicians not to “bottle out” by rejecting the scheme.
The NatWest building on the corner of Colmore Row and Newhall Street.

Regeneration director Clive Dutton insisted investors across the world were watching to see whether councillors would back British Land’s application to build the £150 million glass-fronted office block on the site of the former NatWest tower in a conservation area on the corner of Colmore Row and Newhall Street.

In a highly unusual intervention, Mr Dutton admitted he was addressing the planning committee meeting “in a manner that you would not normally expect from me”.

He said there was so much riding on the decision in terms of investor-confidence in Birmingham that he had a duty to speak frankly.

The scheme will create more than 3,000 full and part time jobs and represents a shot in the arm for the city at a time when global economies are suffering a severe downturn, Mr Dutton added.

He continued: “The full ramifications of the current economic crisis are as yet unknown, but are likely to be severe making it far more challenging for cities in this country to create jobs. The growth of the finance and professional services sector has been a great success story for Birmingham and we must do everything we can to ensure that growth continues.
Artist's impression of the new tower to replace the NatWest building in Birmingham

“It is not an exaggeration to say that the eyes of international markets are on Birmingham, particularly because we have already created uncertainty by deferring this application earlier in the year. Investors at home and abroad would say we had bottled out if this application was rejected.”

Even with the benefit of his passionate plea, the result of the committee’s deliberations was perilously close.

Members voted to approve the British Land scheme by seven votes to six.

Liberal Democrat councillors voted against, declaring the design to be out of keeping with neighbouring Victorian buildings including the Council House, Town Hall and St Philip’s Cathedral.

They were supported by the Victorian Society and the 20th Century Society, which described the tower as an “abomination”, although the Birmingham Civic Society took a more restrained view and said it was broadly pleased with the design.

The NatWest Tower, built in 1972, described by Mr Dutton as one of the ugliest buildings in Birmingham, will be demolished with work to clear the site expected to begin by the end of next year. The new structure is likely to be completed by 2013.

Mr Dutton added: “Colmore Row is the heart of Birmingham’s financial district and it is my view that the building proposed for this site is perfectly acceptable. It will be a stunning addition at the beautiful heart of our city.

“It removes a building that tarnishes the conservation area and replaces it with something much better.”

Planning officer Simon Hodge, who recommended approval, praised the tower’s “high-quality contemporary design”.

The visual impact on surrounding buildings would be outweighed by economic benefits, he added.

The Colmore Row project represents British Land’s first tower development outside of London. The company has a £2.6 billion land bank for investment across the country and has already spent £30 million on preparing the Birmingham planning application.

British Land spokesman Rob Samuel said: “We are delighted to have achieved resolution to grant consent. We’ve listened to feedback from local stakeholders and are very appreciative of the support shown in many quarters.

“We have put a great deal of thought and investment into giving Birmingham distinctive building which meets its aspirations.”

At 441ft, the new tower will be one of the tallest buildings in the city centre.

Its position, on the highest point of the Birmingham ridge, means it will be clearly visible for miles around.
Some pictures of it.it'll be 132 metres tall and 160 to the spire.





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Old September 25th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #48
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Been a good week for Brum
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Old September 25th, 2008, 07:25 PM   #49
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Some more fantastic news for our fantastic city

Mover over Manchester, its now Birminghams turn to shine
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Old September 25th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #50
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Great looking tower. Congrats!
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Old September 27th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #51
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Snippet of an article courtesy of U457 Foxtrot

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British Land has this week won planning permission for a £150 million tower in Colmore Row, and made it clear that it expects to begin building within two years. And next month Whitby will go to Kuwait where he hopes to confirm plans by Sahlia Investments for a £150 million 26-storey tower at Digbeth.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #52
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That looks like a nice little project if it goes ahead, im sure it will if Kuwaiti investors are involved. That area past Selfridges does need redevelopment in keeping with Bullring shopping centre/Selfridges. Also nice to see more people putting stuff on here about the city.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 03:34 PM   #53
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Great news about the Natwest replacment and fingers crossed for the Beroma quater redevelopment!
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Old September 29th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #54
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Anyone have any updates on the Cube project?
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Old September 29th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #55
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Old September 29th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #56
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Courtesy of Van Heckler

No1 Snow Hill Plaza on the left, and the two under construction Snow Hill Hotel and Resi towers on the right.

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Old September 29th, 2008, 09:21 PM   #57
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The future is bright for brum, and lets just hope HSR gets approved and construction starts as soon as it can!
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Old September 29th, 2008, 09:48 PM   #58
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That looks buff!

Lets hope some taller projects are proposed for that area.
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Old October 1st, 2008, 12:46 PM   #59
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Great projects! Now get rid of those horrible concrete blocks!
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Old October 2nd, 2008, 03:23 PM   #60
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I wonder how often the sign is going to say 'on time' for every arrival/departure

I hate to sound like a pessimist, especially about such an awesome and sorely needed building, but I can just imagine 'delayed' and 'cancelled' all over it....
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