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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:52 PM   #961
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Bloc Hotel
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Links: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...am-bloc-hotel/
  • Planning permission has been given for the 26 storey Bloc hotel next to New St station and Grand Central shopping centre.

    The hotel will have 238 rooms and has been designed by Glen Howells Architects.







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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:46 AM   #962
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^ Why does it look so big? Is it the cladding? That does not look 26 stories, more like 46 stories!
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Old September 14th, 2016, 03:19 AM   #963
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It will likely look taller because it's not as fat.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 11:48 PM   #964
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^ Why does it look so big? Is it the cladding? That does not look 26 stories, more like 46 stories!
We can hope, mileymc1!!!

Incidentally, Birmingham City Council is currently reviewing it's policy on tall buildings in the city centre. This could pave the way for Birmingham to have some really big buildings ..... and be back where we were pre 9/11 when Birmingham's big developments were put on hold!










Proposals that could be revived?






The UK's second city, Birmingham. Exciting times ahead!!!
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Old September 16th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #965
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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





Progress at Arena Central Plot F:-


Arena Central Plot F by Ade, on Flickr

Arena Central Plot F by Ade, on Flickr


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Old September 18th, 2016, 10:51 PM   #966
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Touchbase Birmingham
Selly Oak

Floors: 3 Client/Architects: Sense/Glenn Howells Architects

Links: https://www.sense.org.uk/content/con...-west-midlands
  • The national deafblind charity Sense is developing a community facility for deafblind people based in Selly Oak.

    There will be a sensory garden and training and personal development zones for the users of the centre.

    The centre will also have a cafe, performance space and an arts programme for the local community.

    The facilities will be arranged around a central hub connected to the garden with offices on the upper floor.
  • Current status: Under construction





Construction underway:-

Touchbase, Selly Oak by Ade, on Flickr

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Old September 19th, 2016, 10:28 PM   #967
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PARADISE

The UK's largest city centre construction site


Birmingham - UK










..... below shows what's planned for one of Birmingham's most historic sites.












Offices .... shops ..... restaurants ..... hotels.
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Old September 20th, 2016, 11:44 PM   #968
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Birmingham University Library
Edgbaston

Height: 32m | Floors: Six | Client/Architects: Birmingham University/Associated Architects.

Links: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/universi...ary/index.aspx
  • The £42m library will provide 13,000 sqm of floor space over six levels including 12km of open access shelving.

    The library will include a research annexe with 50km of shelving housing the university's heritage print collection.

    The library has been designed to be technology rich across all of it's learning, studying and training facilities.

  • Current status: Completed





Now completed and open for use:-


B'ham Uni Library by Ade, on Flickr

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Old September 21st, 2016, 09:38 PM   #969
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Fantastic new library at the University of Birmingham.

Thanks for all your updates BB!!!!
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 12:37 PM   #970
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Absolutely!
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Old September 25th, 2016, 12:41 AM   #971
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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.

    *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: Completed




Students are now taking up residence in this:-

No. 1 Eastside Locks by Ade, on Flickr

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Old September 26th, 2016, 05:29 PM   #972
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Birmingham Grand Hotel
City Centre

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

  • Current status: Under Construction





Ground floor units now being filled, including Gusto restaurant and The Alchemist bar:-



The Grand Hotel by Ade, on Flickr

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Old September 26th, 2016, 09:43 PM   #973
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Great images as usual BB. Thank goodness you are still posting here. Don't let the [email protected]$?#%£s get to you!!!!
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Old September 26th, 2016, 11:34 PM   #974
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When can we expect any towers above 100 m start rising in Birmingham?
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Old September 27th, 2016, 08:51 AM   #975
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The first should be the Colmore Row office tower replacing the demolished NatWest Tower, which will be the tallest office tower under construction outside of London early next year.

Then it's anyones guess. The 37 storey Moda Tower, maybe? Or the redesigned Beorma Tower next to Selfridges, possibly?

There are a lot of developments in the pipeline, and I think the arrival of HS2 in 10 years time will give Birmingham City Centre a massive boost, Birmingham being the first regional city connected to the high speed network .... 6 to 10 years before Manchester or Leeds.
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Old September 27th, 2016, 01:56 PM   #976
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For Londoners fed up with outrageous house prices, an attractive alternative is to live and work in Manchester or Birmingham. They are Britain’s joint second-biggest urban areas, with around 2.5m people each, and they are on a roll.

Birmingham claims to be the only part of Britain with a trade surplus with China. In the past decade the number of professional jobs in Manchester city rose by 50%. Both have a buzzing nightlife and cultural scene, too.

Small wonder Londoners are flocking. But a familiar spectre is following them up the M40 motorway: housing troubles.

A few years ago supply and demand of homes more or less balanced out, but now there is a shortfall of about 10,000 homes in Manchester city and 20,000 in Birmingham city, according to data from JLL, a property firm.

Since 2005 the housing stock in the greater Manchester and Birmingham areas has grown by just 6%, half the rate seen in inner London.

By London standards, property in both areas is cheap, but that is changing. According to the Resolution Foundation, a think tank, in recent years the rate of home-ownership in Manchester has dropped further from its peak than any other region.

The decline in Birmingham appears similarly large. Last year house prices in Manchester rose by 10%. Top-end office rents in Birmingham grew by one-tenth last year; it now costs just 15% less per square foot than it does in downtown Manhattan. (The City of London is still twice as expensive.)

Pricey property constrains the economy by making it hard for people to move to places where they are more productive. Manchester and Birmingham are supposed to be the engines of the non-London economy, so this is bad news for all Britain.

What is to blame? Some housebuilders are leery of urban markets outside London. In the 2000s they ploughed in, only to get their fingers burned in the crisis of 2007-08. Financiers are cautious too.

However, land regulation may play a bigger role. According to a recent paper by Christian Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen of the London School of Economics, alongside Greater London, scarcity of open, developable land is greatest in and around Birmingham and Manchester.

The cities’ large green belts—land whose only real function is to stop urban growth—hem them in. Manchester’s is five times the size of the city. Birmingham’s is smaller, but fiercely defended.

The city council has submitted a modest plan to put 6,000 homes on the green belt. The central government recently blocked the proposal after a local MP, worried about the reaction of his constituents, caused a fuss.

Local politics is also to blame. Birmingham and Manchester cannot hope to house all their workers themselves; neighbouring councils must assist too. However, councils in greater Birmingham with lots of Conservative councillors resent becoming dormitory towns for a fast-growing Labour part.

Trafford, probably greater Manchester’s best-off council (and its only Tory-controlled one), has seen almost no housing construction in recent years.

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Old September 28th, 2016, 11:03 PM   #977
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"......However, councils in greater Birmingham with lots of Conservative councillors resent becoming dormitory towns for a fast-growing Labour part......"


This is why the City of Birmingham needs to build 'TALL' to ensure there are enough residences to house Birmingham's rapidly growing population, which is estimated to grow by 150,000 over the next 20 years which is equivalent to the population of the City of Oxford.


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Old October 1st, 2016, 12:38 AM   #978
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Rare Disease Centre
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  • The UK's first rare disease centre for children, a cancer centre and three new operating theatres.

    Interserve are building this £37.5m development which will be part of Birmingham Children's Hospital.
  • Current status: Construction underway





Construction now underway:-

Rare Disease Centre, B'ham Children's Hospital by Ade, on Flickr

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Old October 2nd, 2016, 08:00 PM   #979
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Arena Central - Birmingham











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