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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:00 AM   #61
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Hypothetically/hopefully if Waitrose were to acquire the site, this could make this side of Broad St more upmarket and would most likely target the Gym and Office crowd round the area. It's an improvement and I do like, but we'll definitely need a clearer impression.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:05 AM   #62
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Burning question - will this and the new converted Hampton by hilton also being done on broad st...alomng with HS2 announcement trigger movement on Regal or BST ??....
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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #63
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Maybe, maybe not. It's impossible to tell when there are so many other factors affecting whether they can get going or not.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 10:16 AM   #64
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So the refurbishment of the tower has been given the go ahead e.g the hotel.

we will then see a planning application within the next couple of months for the retail and conference facility.

Pretty straightforward.

Looks great by the way.

Going to be spoilt for choice in hotels in this city. long over due if you ask me.

Have we ever seen such a boom in the leisure sector?
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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #65
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Burning question - will this and the new converted Hampton by hilton also being done on broad st...alomng with HS2 announcement trigger movement on Regal or BST ??....
remember both regal and broad street tower have hotels as part of their plans... but dont have tenants.... this could be good as it increases footful and demand, but this is yet another hotel operator which regal/broad street tower can no longer attract!!
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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #66
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remember both regal and broad street tower have hotels as part of their plans... but dont have tenants.... this could be good as it increases footful and demand, but this is yet another hotel operator which regal/broad street tower can no longer attract!!

Hi Woodhousen...

Yes guess you are cirrect but with Hilton, Intercontinental and many others looking at Brum maybe there is hope, I wonder if Westin are still looking at Brum after Snow hill phase 3 or 4 which ever it was never materialised ?.....
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Old January 13th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #67
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Would now be a good time to mention that the Broad Street Tower site looks to be up for sale? There are signs attached to the hoarding facing Broad Street asking for interested parties to get in contact.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #68
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haha really? i suppose thats hardly surprising!!!
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Old January 16th, 2012, 04:48 AM   #69
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It'd be great if BCC took the opportunity to run a new filter lane down here connecting Broad Street to the Middleway to perhaps alleviate some of the traffic problems around here.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 02:06 PM   #70
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Interesting about the BST site, would be perfect for the likes of Birmingham Development Company.

Can't find the specific thread unfortunately.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #71
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I was on the top floor of this today.


No pictures, or interesting stories. Other than the building is empty apart from the shops.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #72
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This has got me thinking, Would it be possible to have a rooftop restaurant/bar added to the Rotunda? Unlikely considering we cant get the crown finished but would be a great idea and surely a money maker
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Old January 18th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #73
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This has got me thinking, Would it be possible to have a rooftop restaurant/bar added to the Rotunda? Unlikely considering we cant get the crown finished but would be a great idea and surely a money maker
Im sure originally the top floor was a restaurant/bar.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 10:16 AM   #74
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I can't recall exactly but I think it has been posted on here in detail previously, I think it was originally proposed to be a revolving restaurant but that was never actually built? I'm pretty sure it has never actually been a restaurant and that Urban Splash explored that option but decided against it.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 01:31 PM   #75
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Urban Myth alert, but the reason why the Rotunda never got the revolving restaurant was that when it was built it shifted very slightly so that it wasn't dead flat at the top. Therefore a revolving floor wouldn't work.

No idea if that is actually true. Although I wonder if the bank vaults are still in there as they were built above the Lloyds banking hall and would be hard to shift.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #76
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don't the old strongrooms form part of the foundation of the building though?... It's a very robust tower as far as I've heard.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #77
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Nah they are actually above the old bank (i used to work there). They must be still there.

Also, when the bomb went off in the pub below they were worried about it being un-safe, but it more than withstood the affects of the blast.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 08:14 PM   #78
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Not meaning to keep off topic but from when I went with a friend to look at the duplex apartments in the rotunda just by the terrace I'm almost certain they were the former banking vaults as they said about the work involved and the reason for the duplexes being to do with the structural peculiarities of the former vaults in sense of well built concrete etc.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 08:44 PM   #79
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thought id post this as we dont have too many good images of the scheme on here

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Old January 21st, 2012, 01:52 AM   #80
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that looks incredibly intersting and really tidy too.. Good stuff.. Hopefully they'll use some quality materials and get rid of the BOGOF windows...
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