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Old November 2nd, 2015, 01:46 PM   #601
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Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan
The Eastside

Height: TBC | Floors: TBC| Client/Architects: Birmingham Curzon Urban Regeneration Company

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  • One of the biggest urban regeneration schemes in Britain and see 141 hectares of the city centre transformed

    A Metro extension, major retail renaissance and parks in the sky are set to form part of an ambitious vision to transform vast swathes of Birmingham city centre.

    The plan includes extending the Midland Metro, which will pass through Curzon Street HS2 Station, and a park on top of the 1,100-yard-long Duddeston Viaduct.

    boost the city’s economy by £1.3 billion each year with more than 14,000 jobs, 148 acres of new employment floorspace and 2,000 new homes.

    The developments will be focused around the new city centre station – Birmingham Curzon.

    The new Birmingham Curzon station will be the first new station to be built in the city for over 100 years and will be the biggest building in the city.

    New company set up especially for development of area to follow those set in London by the Olympic committee and Canary Wharf Group. The Birmingham Curzon Urban Regeneration Company will lead the development of more than 140 hectares of land around Curzon Street in the heart of the city centre.

    Former British Property Federation chief executive Liz Peace has been named the chair of the company driving regeneration in Eastside .

    Ms Peace, who has been given a CBE for services to property, will head up the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company , overseeing the regeneration around Birmingham’s proposed HS2 station.

    The company itself is still to be set up but will oversee delivery and manage the budget of the major scheme.

    The masterplan includes more than six million square feet of new employment floor space and 2,000 homes.

  • Current status: Construction 2017
















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Old November 2nd, 2015, 02:46 PM   #602
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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!!

Grand Central / New Street Station
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  • Current status: Under Construction

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Old November 2nd, 2015, 02:48 PM   #603
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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!!

103 Colmore Row
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  • Current status: Demolition






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Old November 2nd, 2015, 02:54 PM   #604
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Arena Central
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 07:52 PM   #605
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London to Birmignham HS2 route.

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Old November 3rd, 2015, 10:44 AM   #606
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TRANSPORT NEWS!!

Beijing Capital Airlines seeks rights to serve Birmingham

Link http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/...ve-birmingham/

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  • The airline, part of the HNA Group, has requested rights to introduce weekly services from Beijing and the first direct link to the UK from the Hangzhou, the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China.

    Its debut in the UK will see it replicate this Copenhagen operation at Birmingham with weekly flights from both Beijing and Hangzhou from April 2016. The Beijing route has been served in the past two summer schedules by China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, but Hangzhou will be a new market not just for Birmingham, but the UK. In fact alongside the airline’s flight to Copenhagen, KLM is the only other carrier to link the city to Europe, via its Amsterdam Schiphol hub.










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Old November 3rd, 2015, 12:37 PM   #607
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These updates are insane! It's great to see so much development and momentum in Birmingham. Quite surprising, but fantastic news!

The projects that really stand out for me are the Curzon Station, The Twisty Tower thing, and the concentration on open spaces. Great news. Keep it up.
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 02:13 PM   #608
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Birmingham (the person) has been doing a'lot of updates here lately and it's much appreciated.
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 03:15 PM   #609
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These updates are insane! It's great to see so much development and momentum in Birmingham. Quite surprising, but fantastic news!

The projects that really stand out for me are the Curzon Station, The Twisty Tower thing, and the concentration on open spaces. Great news. Keep it up.
Yes, after the recession it took Birmingham a while to build up momentum, mainly because the city also was trying to provide Enterprise Zones in so many areas. It has now secured the most of any regional city and that's really started to attract large scale and widespread development.

The Big City Plan - the largest single plan for a city in Europe has also managed to create an urban fabric which shows in great detail to potential investors and developers what is expected to be built and where and a lot of emphasis was put into the public realm, squares and parks.

Hopefully, with potentially another big bank due to announce a move to the city soon Birmingham could be establishing itself as the cheap alternative to London following Deutsche Bank and HSBC.

There is also only 175,000 sqft of Grade A office space left in the city too which has led to many developments being built speculatively including what will be the cities tallest and 3rd tallest office blocks.

I'm glad you're enjoying the updates
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 03:16 PM   #610
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Birmingham (the person) has been doing a'lot of updates here lately and it's much appreciated.
You're welcome although I have been a bit lazy for a year or so. Bournville Baggie and Black Country Al have managed to keep it going.

Plenty more to post too.
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 03:28 PM   #611
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Birmingham Grand Hotel
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Height: N/A | Floors: 7| Client/Architects: Hortons / BGS Architects

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  • The Grand is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings occupying a prominent and imposing position on Colmore Row with views over St Philip’s Cathedral.

    Colmore Row is traditionally the city’s most prestigious address running from Victoria Square to Snow Hill station, within the Colmore Business District. In addition to the numerous high profile professional service office occupiers in the area, there is an abundance of quality retailers such as; Louis Vuitton, Jaegar, Clements and Church, Pret a Manger and Whitewall Galleries, as well as a variety of exceptional bars and restaurants.

    The Grade II* listed property was originally built by Issac Horton and is still owned by the Horton family today



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Birmingham Park Regis
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Height: 65m | Floors: 16| Client/Architects: Park Regis/Seven Capital

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  • A 1960’s 175,000 Sq Ft mixed use office and retail scheme in Central Birmingham. The 2.34 acres freehold site was acquired in September 2011 from LaSalle Investment Management. The tower provides an empty 90,000 sq ft office building with the balance of the site given to a ground and upper floor retail podium.

    Planning consent has been granted for a 475,000 sq ft hotel development including 239 car parking spaces, a 28,500 sq ft foodstore, and a 100,000 sq ft conference and banqueting facility to compliment the 300 bedroom hotel which includes a roof top sky bar and lounge. The hotel will be operated as a 4 star Park Regis hotel and providing the first hotel in the UK for our group company, StayWell Hospitality Group.

    Conference facility and foodstore has now been scrapped in favour of a further residential led development on the rest of the site.


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NEWS!

Major funding for Birmingham visitor campaign

Link http://www.bqlive.co.uk/2015/11/04/m...tor-campaign/?

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  • A Midlands-based tourism partnership has been awarded £174,000 from VisitBritain, through the GREAT UK Challenge Fund.

    The partnership, comprising Marketing Birmingham, Shakespeare’s England and Leicester Shire promotions, will run a major ‘Shakespeare 2016’ tourism campaign aimed at attracting visitors from North America and other key international markets to the East and West Midlands.

    2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The campaign will use this milestone to promote the region's connections with Shakespeare and his literary works.

    Emma Gray, director of marketing and communications at Marketing Birmingham, said: “This is a huge boost for Birmingham, and a fantastic opportunity to work in close partnership with the surrounding Midlands regions, to develop the enormous potential Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary presents for both the local and national economy.

    Targeting both travel trade and consumer audiences, the 2016 campaign will focus on North America but will also promote travel from other key international markets including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Gulf States and India, as part of a wider VisitBritain tourism campaign.






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Old November 4th, 2015, 03:12 PM   #614
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Birmingham Skyline Shots

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  • Buildings over 100m built, u/c, proposed and approved - CAA height restrictions introduced 2001/2002. MAX height (242m AOD)

    Built

    1. BT Tower - 152m (274m AOD)
    2. Holloway Circus - 122m (244m AOD)
    3. Alpha Tower - 100m (222m AOD)
    4. Chamberlain Clock Tower - 100m (222m AOD)

    Under Construction/Demolition

    1. 103 Colmore Row - 106m (228m AOD)

    Approved

    1. Broad Street Tower - 134m (256m AOD)
    2. Beorma Tower - 113m (235m AOD)

    Cancelled (year cancelled)

    1. Arena Central - 245m (2002)
    2. Regal Tower - 201m (2014)
    3. VTP 200 - 200m (2012)
    4. Bull Ring Tower - 160m (1990)
    5. V Tower - 152m (2014)
    6. Snow Hill - 138m (2009)
    7. Post & Mail - 125m (2004)
    8. New Street 1 - 124m (2008)
    9. New Street 2 - 124m (2008)
    10. 1 Snow Hill Plaza - 118m (2010)
    11. Birmingham Central Fire Station 107m (2011)


















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Old November 5th, 2015, 02:43 PM   #615
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http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...llege-10391821

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Designs unveiled for new HS2 college

Images show how new educational hub for next generation of engineers could look as public consultation is launched



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Old November 8th, 2015, 05:09 PM   #616
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1 Arena Central
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Height: 38m | Floors: 7 | Client/Architects: Arena Central Developments / Make Architects

Links: http://arena-central.com/
  • 1 Arena Central is a first choice location for either a single occupier seeking a prominent HQ location or multiple tenants, with flexible and easily sub-divisible floorplates supporting the delivery of a number of office layouts.

    Alongside its 135,000 sq ft of Grade A offices – with typical floorplates of 21,000 sq ft – 1 Arena Central offers 5,000 sq ft of high quality retail space with an inset terrace facing out towards Centenary Square.

    The upper floors have been designed to accommodate a variety of occupier requirements, with a flexible layout arranged around a central lift core and two perimeter stair cores, with a balcony and terrace on the top floor.

    The exterior of 1 Arena Central has been designed to create an impactful and timeless facade with alternating glazed and fully opaque panels creating a tessellated, chequerboard effect around the building.

    The basement provides 68 car parking spaces, alongside 54 secure cycle spaces with lockers and showers. Funding is currently being sought to develop 1 Arena Central on a speculative basis.


  • Current status: Approved / Demolition Underway








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What a great view that 2nd shot has produced!
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That will complement the older building really well.
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You're welcome although I have been a bit lazy for a year or so. Bournville Baggie and Black Country Al have managed to keep it going.

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You're all doing an amazing job .... keep it up!!!

Was in town for the first time in ages at the weekend (I live about 45 miles away!) there is such a buzz in Birmingham at the moment, so much going on, a huge transformation of the City Centre under way!
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Old November 10th, 2015, 10:04 AM   #620
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Yep, It certainly does have a buzz. Hope it continues.
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