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Old September 20th, 2017, 08:00 PM   #1341
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Thanks Sandblast for these updates/overviews. Your first picture is an interesting optical illusion by chance. It can be seen in two ways and I misinterpreted it first time i.e. the new HSBC building can appear to be entirely behind the Alpha Tower, yet of course it's not.

It would be great for someone to give an updated aerial photo from the same position now as your last shot of the Arena Central site.
Thank you C2. Yes, we need more up-to-date aerial images of central Birmingham. Anyone got a light aircraft ..... or a drone? Are drones allowed to be flown in the city centre???
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Old September 21st, 2017, 07:13 PM   #1342
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Old September 21st, 2017, 10:05 PM   #1343
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UK Government takes entire new office block in Birmingham City Centre



More than 3,500 tax workers are set to move to a brand new home in Birmingham city centre.

HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that its new West Midlands regional hub will be based at the Arena Central complex in Broad Street.

he Government department has signed a 25-year lease on the 14-storey, 3 Arena Central building where around 3,600 staff will be based from 2020.

Demolition and site clearance work is due to start imminently.

HMRC, which will count HSBC UK's new head office among its neighbours at Arena Central, is undergoing a major review of its estate which is expected to see its offices consolidated into 13 regional hubs across the country.

Staff from the Department for Work and Pensions will also be based at 3 Arena Central and the deal, at 240,000 sq ft, is said to be the largest pre-let in the city in a decade.

It was rumoured last year the department was poised to sign a deal for Three Snowhill off Colmore Row.

The move is part of the wider Government Hubs Programme which is aiming to reduce the number of isolated and under-used offices it has by co-locating departments in shared buildings.

Staff moving to hubs will need less space as they adopt smart working principles which will reduce their operating costs.

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There were 19 HMRC offices in the West Midlands but six of these have already closed and a further 12 will shut by 2020/21.

A base in Telford, Shropshire, will be retained as a specialist site.

HMRC said it wanted to keep as many staff as possible and expected 90 per cent of its current workforce to either work in a regional centre or see out their careers in an HMRC office.

A spokesman added: "While HMRC's modelling shows the vast majority of its staff will be able to move, all staff will have a meeting with their manager about a year before the move to discuss their personal circumstances.

"It will be at this point that a clearer picture will emerge about an individual's ability to relocate.
"HMRC will do everything it can to support both its people in relocating to the regional centres and in trying to find alternative solutions for those that can't."

HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson said: "We're delighted to be part of the new UK Government Hub in 3 Arena Central.

"This is another step in HMRC's transformation into a modern, digitally advanced tax authority.

"It's the beginning of a process that will see our colleagues come together in state-of-the art facilities, enabling closer working relationships and increasing our effectiveness in collecting taxes.
It will also make HMRC an important contributor to the economy and to communities in and around Birmingham."

Miller Developments is leading the regeneration project as part of joint venture ACDL.Andrew Sutherland from the company said: "Following so closely behind the selection of 1 Centenary Square by HSBC as the home of its retail bank, this truly demonstrates the inward investment appeal of both Birmingham as a city and Arena Central specifically as a destination."

The development is being funded by Legal & General.

JLL and Eversheds acted for the Government in the completion of this deal, Pinsent Masons advised Arena Central Developments, and Savills and Squire Patton Boggs acted for Birmingham City Council.

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Old September 21st, 2017, 10:19 PM   #1344
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Old September 21st, 2017, 10:30 PM   #1345
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More than 3,500 tax workers are set to move to a brand new home in Birmingham city centre.

HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that its new West Midlands regional hub will be based at the Arena Central complex in Broad Street.

he Government department has signed a 25-year lease on the 14-storey, 3 Arena Central building where around 3,600 staff will be based from 2020.

Demolition and site clearance work is due to start imminently.

HMRC, which will count HSBC UK's new head office among its neighbours at Arena Central, is undergoing a major review of its estate which is expected to see its offices consolidated into 13 regional hubs across the country.
Looks like it will be a nice building to work in, much better than HMRC's current Central Birmingham office that's for sure!

Numbers have gone down to 2,650 now that it has been confirmed today though, the 3,300 figure was mentioned previously but now seems to have been dropped.

Still a lot though, they currently employ around 1,300 in Brum city centre I think and the others will come mostly from offices closing in Wolverhampton, Coventry and Solihull. I doubt many people will transfer from Worcester, Stoke etc, is probably too far for most of those people.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 11:08 PM   #1346
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Looks like it will be a nice building to work in, much better than HMRC's current Central Birmingham office that's for sure!

Numbers have gone down to 2,650 now that it has been confirmed today though, the 3,300 figure was mentioned previously but now seems to have been dropped.

Still a lot though, they currently employ around 1,300 in Brum city centre I think and the others will come mostly from offices closing in Wolverhampton, Coventry and Solihull. I doubt many people will transfer from Worcester, Stoke etc, is probably too far for most of those people.
You can get to Birmingham City Centre by train from Worcester in just 30 minutes. A lot of people will be commuting in to the city from around the region already.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 11:34 PM   #1347
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You can get to Birmingham City Centre by train from Worcester in just 30 minutes. A lot of people will be commuting in to the city from around the region already.
30 minutes is maybe a bit optimistic!



And that's assuming people live right next door to the station in Worcester.

People do commute in from places like Worcester, but not in huge numbers, and if you are a junior HMRC employee on £20k used to a 10 minute trip to work then you are probably not going to want to fork out £1,500 a year for a season ticket to Birmingham and extend your working day by an extra two hours return commuting. Most of those people will leave and get other jobs rather than transfer to Birmingham, I'm pretty sure of that. On the plus side for the Brum economy it means that HMRC will be recruiting local people to replace them.

For higher paid people at those outlying sites that will be closing they will probably be more likely to transfer and suck up the extra commuting time.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 09:44 PM   #1348
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Just shows how long it is since I commuted by train from Worcester to Birmingham ..... the trains must have got slower, or there are more of them!!!

This is still quicker than travelling in by road on the M5 motorway, then either the A38, A456 or M6, particularly in the rush hour. There are plenty of people commuting from South Worcestershire and beyond to Birmingham every day ..... I know this from experience!

Birmingham is the economic and commercial centre for the whole Midlands, and I know of people who commute from Wiltshire and even South Wales everyday because the city offers a wide range of jobs with salaries worth commuting for.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 10:49 PM   #1349
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 12:04 AM   #1350
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Just shows how long it is since I commuted by train from Worcester to Birmingham ..... the trains must have got slower, or there are more of them!!!

This is still quicker than travelling in by road on the M5 motorway, then either the A38, A456 or M6, particularly in the rush hour. There are plenty of people commuting from South Worcestershire and beyond to Birmingham every day ..... I know this from experience!

Birmingham is the economic and commercial centre for the whole Midlands, and I know of people who commute from Wiltshire and even South Wales everyday because the city offers a wide range of jobs with salaries worth commuting for.
Sure, it's better than coming by car into rush hour Brum traffic, no doubt about that!

Of course there are people commuting from those places, i commuted into Birmingham myself from Shrewsbury for several years and there were others at my office from Worcester, Northampton, Stafford etc. But it's not the norm for people living in places that far away, I know maybe two other people from the dozens i know here in Shrewsbury who have ever done it, most would consider it way too far to commute every day.

The UK is a small densely populated country with towns and cities quite close together so people often criss-cross the regions commuting in different directions. If you live in somewhere like Derbyshire you could choose from commuting to Brum, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, all would be doable if you wanted to.
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Old September 24th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #1352
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Old September 24th, 2017, 09:40 PM   #1359
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Snowhill phase 3

Largest office building currently under construction in the UK outside of London.







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