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Old October 19th, 2008, 06:07 PM   #81
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Wow! These look amazing. Birmingham will look great in the future.
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Old October 20th, 2008, 03:55 PM   #82
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Lets hope they all get built or even some of them would be nice. Great work
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Old October 21st, 2008, 07:47 PM   #83
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103 Colmore Row and V will look amazing from here, Snow Hill Towers will be just out of shot to the right as will VTP200, Regal Tower and Broad Street Tower will fill the gap between Birmingham and Five Ways nicely
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 06:16 PM   #84
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Birmingham will have a truly first class skyline, unlike other british cities which i have to say from a distance look like small towns, some of them
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 07:11 PM   #85
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apart from London of course
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 09:40 PM   #86
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And London, Of course. I meant to say other British cities with the exemption of London.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 05:03 PM   #87
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and Liverpool of course
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 06:57 PM   #88
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Liverpools skyline is very good close up, but from the same distance that the Birmingham skyline was taken, Liverpool, in my opionion is not very good.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 11:32 PM   #89
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103 Colmore Row and V will look amazing from here, Snow Hill Towers will be just out of shot to the right as will VTP200, Regal Tower and Broad Street Tower will fill the gap between Birmingham and Five Ways nicely
Looks very similar to Croydon & its future skyline in that pic.

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Old October 24th, 2008, 12:00 AM   #90
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Ha ha! I (a Croydon boy) was saying the very same thing to a Brummie forumer a few months back. Croydon is like a mini Birmingham!

**edit** Having visited Birmingham back in February, I've got to say that it feels so different to any other British city that I've been to (well, except for Croydon!). It feels more like a US city in many ways, with a distinctly 20th century flavour, built for the car, not the pedestrian. Unfortunately, the city doesn't really have a historic core anymore, as much of the city centre was redeveloped in the 60s. However, I've heard that the Jewellery Quarter is very nice.

The best thing about Birmingham is that it has so much potential. Because there's not much of the old city left and there's already so many highrises, Birmingham is probably the only city in the UK which is capable of having a vast skyline, which stretches across it's entire city centre.

If London is Amsterdam, the historic capital, then Birmingham is Rotterdam, it's brash highrise counterpart.

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Old October 24th, 2008, 12:50 AM   #91
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You've said some nice things about Brum there, but I disagree that it wasn't built for the pedestrian. I've can spend all day in Birmingham without crossing a road. All of the main shopping areas are traffic free, and it's a joy walking from New Street Station to the NIA/Sealife Centre without seeing but a hint of a car. Once you stray away from the centre there are roads of course, but the centre has always been praised for it's pedestrain areas and streetscape.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 12:15 AM   #92
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You've said some nice things about Brum there, but I disagree that it wasn't built for the pedestrian. I've can spend all day in Birmingham without crossing a road. All of the main shopping areas are traffic free, and it's a joy walking from New Street Station to the NIA/Sealife Centre without seeing but a hint of a car. Once you stray away from the centre there are roads of course, but the centre has always been praised for it's pedestrain areas and streetscape.
Ok, perhaps I'm giving the wrong impression of Brum, of course there are large parts of the city centre which are fully pedestrianized, but I'm talking more about the areas just outside of the centre (which isn't that big), like Masshouse, which is a large network of roads with slim highrise buildings squeezed into the small gaps between the roads. Somehow it feels like the buildings are playing second-fiddle to the roads. Also, Birmingham's roads seem a lot wider than those in London, because they were custom-built back in the 60s, wheres most of the roads in and around the centre of London are older and therefore a lot narrower.

Perhaps I've not seen enough of the city but to me, Birmingham felt a bit like how I imagine LA or Houston to feel, big wide roads, little in the way of grand architecture and plenty of highrise buildings and I don't mean that in a snobby way. Birmingham is what it is and it's the only city of it's type in the UK and as I've said before it has a lot of potential because there are fewer old buildings and sightlines to protect, which has always been a problem for London.

Buildings like the Cube are exactly what Birmingham needs - flashy 21st-century landmark architecture and and I look forward to visiting the city again 5-10 years from now to see how the city's changed.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #93
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New renders of the V building!




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Old October 28th, 2008, 10:34 AM   #94
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Nice, like the blueish tint, looking forward to this one.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #95
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Yep its preety stunning.

Heres the latest construction photos from the Cube site, thanks to Ginger Tosser.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #96
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Is that Bobby Ball in the second photo?
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Old October 30th, 2008, 12:22 AM   #97
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Looks like Bruce Forsythe's joined him in the 3rd from bottom.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 12:05 AM   #98
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Old November 8th, 2008, 12:13 AM   #99
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Update of the Cube courtesy of Ginger Tosser, one of the cranes has been raised


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Old November 8th, 2008, 03:00 PM   #100
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And heres what it'll look like.
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