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Old December 2nd, 2015, 11:19 AM   #661
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November 20, 2015

BOOMING BRUM
Nine reasons investors are selecting booming Birmingham


Links: http://www.ereproperty.com/nine-reas...ing-birmingham
  • * Living in the highest consistently ranking English regional city according to the Mercer Quality of Life Index 2014 and being in or on the doorstop of “one of the most exciting destinations for 2015” are just a couple of the reasons which combine to make setting up home in the region a fantastic idea.

    * Phase 1 of the planned High Speed 2 (HS2) project, which aims to improve connections between London and the West Midlands could help attract 750,000 extra passengers to Birmingham Airport, delivering £52 million a year and 1300 jobs for the UK economy. A package of improvements to major routes costing £1.8 million are planned from 2015 by Highways England over the next five years. HS2 will facilitate easy access for new passengers, unlocking £34m of local revenue and 950 jobs.

    * Birmingham is a leading European business destination at the centre of a £90bn regional economy. The city has access to a working population of 4.3 million people, provides a wealth of opportunities for companies looking to expand or invest.

    * Birmingham is a cosmopolitan, vibrant and modern city with a cost of living 60% lower than London and a diverse housing offer to suit all tastes and budgets. The city is one of Britain’s greenest with more than one fifth of its area consisting of parks, nature reserves, allotments, golf courses and playing fields - many of these are linked by rivers, watercourses and canals.




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Old December 3rd, 2015, 03:35 PM   #662
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It's a shame they can't incorporate the canal into that Roundhouse Scheme. What is it going to become?
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Old December 5th, 2015, 10:30 AM   #663
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National College for High Speed Rail
Aston

Height: N/A | Floors: 3| Client/Architects: Birmingham City Council/Bond Bryan

Links:http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...llege-10531723
  • A specialist vocational training college for engineers.

    61,350 sq. ft. complex will include workshops, classrooms, a cafe and office space along with a car park and external teaching area containing railway tracks, masts and a social space next to a canal.
  • Current status: Planning application lodged





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Old December 6th, 2015, 10:16 PM   #664
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Midland Metro Extension

Links:http://www.centro.org.uk/about-us/ne...m-city-centre/
  • Trams have returned to the streets of Birmingham for the first time in more than 60 years as part of the multi-million city centre line extension.

    The £128m tram extension, which includes a £40m fleet of new trams, is expected to create more than 1,300 sustainable new jobs and boost the regional economy by more than £50m a year.

    Work has already begun on the next part of the extension from New Street Station to Centenary Square with services expected to start running in 2019.

    Outline funding approval is also earmarked to extend the route still further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.

Midland Metro - Bull St by Ade, on Flickr

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Midland Metro - Snowhill/Colmore Gate by Ade, on Flickr

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Old December 8th, 2015, 12:03 AM   #665
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Birmingham Conservatoire
Eastside

Height: N/A | Floors: 6| Client/Architects: BCU / Fielden Clegg

Links: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...711191&page=12

  • The £46 million project, the UK's first new conservatoire in a generation, will open for teaching and performances in September 2017. 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 Birmingham City University's fast developing city centre campus, Conservatoire students will have ready access to media and production facilities, including one of the largest green screen studios in the UK.

    Globally renowned musician Julian Lloyd Webber is the newly appointed Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire.

  • Current status: Under Construction





Progress at The Conservatoire:-


The Conservatoire by Ade, on Flickr

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Old December 10th, 2015, 12:30 AM   #666
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Paradise Circus/Chamberlain Square
City Centre

Links: http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/phase-one/
  • One Chamberlain Square - 172,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space designed by Eric Parry Architects.

    Two Chamberlain Square - 182,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

    Enhanced public space at Chamberlain Square.

    Improved road and pedestrian routes.
  • Current status: Approved / Demolition Underway










Some recent photos showing the demolition underway at Paradise Circus


Paradise Circus by Ade, on Flickr

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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:47 AM   #667
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I can't wait to see pics of the open views once that is gone.
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Old December 11th, 2015, 12:36 AM   #668
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Plot F, Arena Central
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Height: 61m | Floors: 18 | Client/Architects: ACD / Holiday Express

Links: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...494504&page=55

  • The 210 Bedroom Holiday Inn Express and Leisure Club in Birmingham city centre occupies a highly prominent, and technically challenging, site on the southern boundary of Arena Central.

    The form of the hotel is driven by a myriad of site constraints including the complex sub-structure of the existing New Street Railway Tunnel, which passes under its south east corner, and the challenging sequence of surrounding site levels and access points.

    The visual appearance of the development is composed of elements derived from local and distant contextual features whilst at the same time hinting at the site’s historic connection with the famous ATV studios and television presentation through the application of a light weight ‘pixelated’ façade.


  • Current status: Under Construction






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Plot F, Arena Central by Ade, on Flickr

Plot F, Arena Central by Ade, on Flickr

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Old December 11th, 2015, 03:16 AM   #669
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Old December 11th, 2015, 03:24 AM   #670
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Old December 12th, 2015, 01:36 AM   #671
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From the Library roof garden I think. Nice pic!

It's a pity you can't see Holloway Circus Tower better though, Alpha Tower is obscuring it...

Once that whole area is redeveloped I think unfortunately the Symphony Hall is going to stick out as a bit of an eyesore. It's a great music venue inside but I've never really been a fan of the external design, and with lots of shiny new buildings that grey concrete 1990s facade is going to look more and more dated Imo.
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Old December 13th, 2015, 03:38 PM   #672
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Eastside Locks Masterplan
Eastside

Height: Various | Floors: Various | Client/Architects: Goodman

Links: Official Website
  • Eastside Locks. Outline planning consent has been approved to create 650,000 sq ft of prime, Grade A office space in a thriving, mixed-use development unlike any other in the city. Eventually rising to 800,000 sq ft, the meticulously-considered masterplan will see the delivery of an urban development that's truly distinct from other higher density schemes in every conceivable way. Benefiting from being both water side and park side (and with a strong emphasis on vibrant public spaces) Eastside Locks will offer a cost-effective alternative to Birmingham's traditional central business district

  • Current status: Under Construction













Photo update of the Eastside Locks office development:-

Eastside Locks by Ade, on Flickr

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Old December 13th, 2015, 03:45 PM   #673
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What's the future of the Inner Ring motorway?
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Old December 14th, 2015, 11:53 PM   #674
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Birmingham University Sports Centre
Edgbaston

Height: 18.5m | Floors: n/a | Client/Architects: Birmingham University / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Links:http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...tre/index.aspx
  • The £55m sports centre will include a 50m swimming pool, a large multi-sport hall, a range of fitness and activity studios, a gym, six glass-backed squash courts and various other facilities.

    It will be home to the university's sports clubs and the university's Hi-Performance Centre.

    The sports centre will cater for around 3,000 community and alumni members, as well as more casual pay as you go users, community clubs and groups.


  • Current status: Under Construction




A couple of recent photos:-

Bham Uni Sports Centre by Ade, on Flickr

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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:41 AM   #675
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December 14, 2015

UK URGED TO USE BHX
Business leaders urge fresh look at Birmingham Airport as Government delays Heathrow decision


Links: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westm..._Daily_E-mail#
  • BUSINESS leaders in Birmingham have joined the growing throng of critics denigrating the Government following its decision to delay the development of a new runway at Heathrow Airport.

    The Government has spent the past five months reviewing the conclusions of the Airports Commission, after the Commission itself spent three years looking into the future of UK aviation.

    However, the Government has said it will now not be making a final decision until summer 2016, rather than late 2015 as originally planned.

    The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce described the situation as a “farcical mess” but said the delay at least gave the opportunity to reconsider the role that Birmingham Airport and HS2 could play in shaping future aviation strategy.

    Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “This really is developing into a farcical mess but it does give the Government the opportunity to take another serious look at Birmingham Airport and HS2.

    “The Government must consider the impact that HS2 will have in the future. You cannot plan for a sea-change in the UK’s transport infrastructure without taking into account the difference high speed connections between London and Birmingham will make.

    “It will put Birmingham Airport in prime position as the UK’s most convenient airport for long-haul flights. To ignore this is nonsensical.

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    * The longer-term vision for a "UK Central" international hub airport at Birmingham would see it overtake Heathrow as Britain's biggest, able to handle as many as 70 million passengers a year and linked into the proposed HS2 fast rail network.

    * When HS2 is completed, the capital's main interchange station in West London would be just 31 minutes away from Birmingham.

    * Birmingham's current capacity could be immediately doubled to 20 million passengers, even without new infrastructure.

    * The runway extension completed last year gives Birmingham a capacity of 27 million, which is more than a third runway at Heathrow could deliver in a decade.

    * According to Birmingham's analysis, better use of the six largest regional airports could add 116 million passengers to airport capacity by 2050.

    * A global travel hub at Birmingham could bring long-haul travel to within a one-hour journey for 45 million people.

    * This could be in place by 2032 when the HS2 network is fully operational. This will make it the most accessible airport in Britain.



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Old December 15th, 2015, 11:28 AM   #676
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There was once was a plan to have a HS2 station for Heathrow , so that passengers wouldn't need to change at Euston or Old Oak Common. That would be a fantastic way of discouraging road journeys.

Instead Heathrow bound passengers have to now change at OOC and go back on themselves.

Yet another triumph for British Planning.
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I find that utterly ridiculous. Who in their right mind would see that as logical?
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Old December 17th, 2015, 12:32 AM   #678
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Paradise Circus/Chamberlain Square
City Centre

Links: http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/phase-one/
  • One Chamberlain Square - 172,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space designed by Eric Parry Architects.

    Two Chamberlain Square - 182,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

    Enhanced public space at Chamberlain Square.

    Improved road and pedestrian routes.
  • Current status: Approved / Demolition Underway










Photo from Guilbert53 showing the demolition of the old Central Library getting underway at Paradise Circus



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Old December 18th, 2015, 12:56 AM   #679
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Beorma Quarter
City Centre

Height: 113m | Floors: 30 | Developer: Kuwait Salhia Investments

Links: Birmingham forum thread |

  • Mixed use development in Birmingham's shopping district
  • Tower will be Birmingham's 3rd tallest tower
  • Tower is phase 2 of a 3 phase build
  • Current status: Revised Planning Submitted - Increase in height and floors






Planning permission now granted by Birmingham City Council:-

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Broadway Malyan's slimmer Brum tower gets the OK

Proposals for a 30-storey mixed-use tower by Broadway Malyan have been approved by Birmingham City Council in the face of objections from heritage groups

A meeting of the city’s planning committee last week voted to allow the second and third phases of the Beorma Quarter on behalf of property firm Salhia Investments.

The tower would include office space and 125 apartments, while two other buildings of seven and 13 storeys are also included, along with a new public square. The plans replace a 2009 permission by Trevor Horne Architects which included a tower just 3.6 metres shorter than the one approved last week (AJ 26.05.09).

A report by planners which went to the committee said that the principle of a tall building on the site had already been established, and that the additional height would be offset by a new, slimmer design.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 01:17 AM   #680
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No 1 Eastside Locks
Eastside

Height: 60m | Floors: 6-17 | Client/Architects: Alumno Developments / Glenn Howells

Links: Official Website
  • Contributing to the growing academic centre of Birmingham, No 1 Eastside Locks is a modern, high quality student accommodation scheme, sensitively designed to complement and enhance the Digbeth Branch Canal. The new development will provide an ‘on campus’ offer of student accommodation in close proximity to BCU’s new City Centre Campus project.

    *An ‘on campus’ student accommodation offer, 5 mins away from the emerging BCU City Centre Campus project

    *High quality student accommodation of approx. 730 beds

    *Rooms arranged in a mix of clusters (ranging from 4-7 en suite rooms) arranged to provide long distance views to the City Park and city centre skyline

    *External raised courtyard space overlooking the canal towpath, accessible to students only and linked to the internal communal space

  • Current status: Under Construction




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No. 1 Eastside Locks by Ade, on Flickr

No. 1 Eastside Locks by Ade, on Flickr

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