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Old February 14th, 2017, 11:58 PM   #1101
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103 Colmore Row, Birmingham. (Demolition of existing office block now complete)

Site now ready for construction of new office tower.


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Views from the tower crane.




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Views over Birmingham from the rooftop restaurant



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Old February 15th, 2017, 10:42 PM   #1102
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Legoland comes to Birmingham



To be located within associated buildings next to the Barlcaycard Arena in Birmingham City Centre.




Right at the heart of Birmingham's canal network .......



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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #1103
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Sandblast, you look so cool sitting on the crane jib in the 4th photo on 103 Colmore Row on Tuesday!
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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:28 PM   #1104
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Sandblast, you look so cool sitting on the crane jib in the 4th photo on 103 Colmore Row on Tuesday!
No chance of me ever attempting anything like that ..... would be extremely messy and involve a change of underwear!!
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Old February 16th, 2017, 08:17 PM   #1105
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Axis Square, Birmingham.

Major office led development next to the Arena Central site.

1970's office building below will be demolished.




The area around what will be 'Axis Square' as it is today. (Below)



Axis Square will be built next to the Mailbox shopping mall, apartment & hotel complex on Suffolk Street.



1980's building to the left will also be demolished as part of the Paradise redevelopment .... Axis building in the centre.


The proposed development below shows the overall development.



Image below shows an indicative design for phase one which will start this year.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 03:48 PM   #1106
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Fabric Square, Digbeth - Birmingham

Conversion of an old factory in to apartments in the post-industrial Digbeth district of Birmingham, which is receiving a major overhaul.

Old industrial area of Digbeth below, just outside Birmingham City Centre.




Fabrick Square




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Old February 20th, 2017, 11:17 PM   #1107
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HSBC Birmingham

New headquarter building in the heart of Birmingham, England.

2,000 jobs will be transferring from London to Birmingham, which will be the new UK headquarters for personal & business banking. HSBC joins Deutsche Bank, a relatively new addition to Birmingham's banking sector.


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Old February 21st, 2017, 02:04 PM   #1108
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Now its nearing full height you can really see how big the HSBC building is, i feel sorry for the office workers in Axis tower(?) (next door).
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Old February 21st, 2017, 07:47 PM   #1109
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Now its nearing full height you can really see how big the HSBC building is, i feel sorry for the office workers in Axis tower(?) (next door).
"Alpha Tower" ....... and the office workers should be getting on with their jobs, and not starring out of the windows!

Any way, the view will be a whole lot better than starring out on to the old Central TV studios that the HSBC building and the rest of the Arena Central development has replaced. (See below)

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Old February 21st, 2017, 10:42 PM   #1110
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BIRMINGHAM IS SET TO DEFY THE ODDS, SAYS JLL
The Midlands' buoyant commercial property sector is set to continue going from strength-to-strength next year despite the possible political and economic headwinds ahead, according to JLL.
Speaking at JLL's Midlands' Property Predictions event, Jon Neale, UK head of research, said the region is well placed to cope with any uncertainties Brexit or Trump will bring and may have a certain advantage, with its main export destinations being the USA and China.

In terms of employment Birmingham was also said to have turned quite a big corner, benefiting not only from a strong manufacturing base but a wider economy too.

He said: "The city is looking very attractive with investment yields well ahead of most comparable cities within Europe including Barcelona, Cologne and Milan and growth in residential sales values are set to outperform London and the national average."

Ian Cornock, JLL's lead director in the Midlands reiterated this point, saying Birmingham was now being heard by government and had become very visible on the world stage.

"We've invested in our city's infrastructure and amenities and as a result have seen a lot of overseas attention which we expect to continue in 2017, particularly from the Chinese.

"The Mayoral elections will bring devolution closer and enable the West Midlands Combined Authority and Midlands Engine to really come into their own, taking control of the finances to push forward with the next wave of investment. For us the Metro extension has to be key as we know connectivity is a main driver for investors."

Office demand is also predicted to remain robust with Royal Assent on HS2 expected and continued 'northshoring' to the regions as occupiers look for a more cost effective base for parts of their business. Rental growth was also forecast for both the in-town and out-of-town office markets (M42 business parks) by Jon Carmalt, director - office agency.

“With new refurbishments being delivered, and new-build schemes progressing, upward pressure is likely on the prime headline rent, possibly pushing it to £33 per sq ft by the end of the year,” he added.

Ben Kelly, JLL's director capital markets - also said the region had held up well, stating yields in the Birmingham Central Business District and Midlands Logistics had risen to around 5% over the past 3-6 months for the very best 10 year income.

"In 2017 prime pricing will remain and possibly push on again for the best in class assets. This will make the UK and Birmingham very attractive to overseas investors, however the market will be frustrated by a continued lack of stock."

Carl Durrant, JLL's director - Industrial & Logistics, said 2016 had delivered a record year for take up of space nationally, with the West Midlands accounting for 40 per cent of the 24 million sq ft total.

"Whilst everyone talks about JLR and Amazon being the main space drivers in the Midlands, the region is certainly more than a two trick pony, with significant requirements coming from other major operators including GE, Gestamp, Travis Perkins and Screwfix."

He continued to predict that occupier demand would remain above the long-term average, with limited supply supporting continued rental growth, but also stressing that the West Midlands is desperately short of sites.

Completing the line-up was Richard Roberts, director - Residential, who said whilst price growth in London would be subdued and the prime market is expected to be flat, Birmingham looks set to be a hotspot.

"The city is one of the first beneficiaries of the big Housing Growth Fund Investment into 2,000 homes and as such is now finding renewed attention from large scale residential investors."

He also predicted further tranches of Green Belt land in the West Midlands would be under risk of development in 2017.

"Land allocations for over 30,000 homes are still to be found by Birmingham and the supply issue is not going to go away."
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Old February 21st, 2017, 11:26 PM   #1111
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Exchange Square, Birmingham

Exchange Square - Phase 1
Eastside

Height: 78m, 52m, 32m | Floors: 26, 15, 8 storeys | Developer: Nikal


Over 800 apartments, offices & retail to the East of Birmingham City Centre.


The general location in East Birmingham below.





Exchange Square








Construction under way.

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Old February 24th, 2017, 01:27 AM   #1112
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This phase of Exchange Square, Phase 1, will see 603 apartments built whereas the second phase has more than 200 additional apartments planned.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 02:26 AM   #1113
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Old February 24th, 2017, 09:05 PM   #1114
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Across town there are plenty of developments.
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Old February 27th, 2017, 10:47 PM   #1115
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Birmingham Arena Central & Centenary Square

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The plans.












Under construction.








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Old February 28th, 2017, 03:33 PM   #1116
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Sandblast, as this is a thread about Birmingham, you don't have to keep saying 'Birmingham' in every sentence. 'The City' and 'the city centre' will do fine. It sounds a bit like a grand launch of a brand new city otherwise. keep up the good work though - always interesting posts.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 10:24 PM   #1117
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Sandblast, as this is a thread about Birmingham, you don't have to keep saying 'Birmingham' in every sentence. 'The City' and 'the city centre' will do fine. It sounds a bit like a grand launch of a brand new city otherwise. keep up the good work though - always interesting posts.
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Sorry steppenwolf ..... of London.
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Old March 1st, 2017, 11:03 AM   #1118
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Sandblast of San Francisco, CA & Gloucestershire, England.

Sorry steppenwolf ..... of London.
I think you may have missed his point...
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I think you may have missed his point...
No, I think I got "his point" spot on. Could be my sense of humour, maybe?!
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No, I think I got "his point" spot on. Could be my sense of humour, maybe?!
possibly.
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