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Old December 14th, 2011, 02:23 AM   #21
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That Melbourne Arts Centre looks lovely.
it really is an amazing addition to the skyline out there. Love it at night
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Old December 14th, 2011, 03:19 AM   #22
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I really like this, actually. I think the glass really gives it a presence, and the transparency of it really means that whatever's going on inside is all that's needed to really illuminate it.

I agree about the original columns now looking out of place with the extension, however. I think these should be changed to reflect the huge new ones (are those going to be concrete as well? Because that would be epic!).

Would be great to see more cinema designs like this as well, but I digress....
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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #23
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Bloody hell, and some people here have the cheek to say I'm negative at times.

This is awesome, breathing new life into this already well used building. I've alsways thought, that for some of the brilliant events that take place here, the exterior is rank. It feels unispiring when you approach, like you're entombed inside a huge coffin or generator. But this glass frontage will open it up perfectly and it really compliments the designs across the water towards BP.

It offers a truly futuristic water front feature. My only gripe, I would prefer teh glass wraps around teh whole building. It looks more like a real stadium.

And I think people need to get real here, the Malt House can be a bit of a dive, I've been here several times in day and night and it really is nothing like a jewell, there is no need to respect it in any way with regards to what sits on the oposit side of teh canal. I think the design will tie in far better with the surroundings than what is already there. I really hope the designs do not get altered.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #24
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I think some people are getting the wrong end of the stick with my comment about the Malthouse. It is pastiche, but it is a nod to the heritage of the area. For heavens sake, The Waterfront and to a larger extent Brindley Place have managed to tie the area in altogether.

I like it, but feel it could (and will) be refined a little further.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #25
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My only gripe, I would prefer the glass wraps around the whole building. It looks more like a real stadium.
This would add considerable extra cost to the project, and to be honest most people approach the building from the "front" (by the canal) or the side (by the steps - King Edwards Road).

The rear (where St Vincent St runs past) is pretty dead and has the various service entrances, and the Sheepcote St side has the car park.

I think if this new add-on runs along the front and side (as shown) that will be perfact.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:18 PM   #26
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Would be nice to see the other side like this as well though, NIA looks high and mighty when coming down Sandpits
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:38 PM   #27
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #28
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Regarding the other side of the NIA I posted info from the Business Case Report in October that it's an aim but it depends on funding.

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Depending on the funding of the scheme the treatment of the external elevation running parallel to King Edwards Road will be looked at. The feasibility study into the refurbishment of the NIA did not include this elevation but it is an aim to be addressed.
http://birminghamcentral.blogspot.co...rbishment.html
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Old December 14th, 2011, 10:21 PM   #29
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well this gets my full support. having been to a number of concerts at the O2, you really realise what type of experience can be had aat such a venue. ive not been to the LG since its been refurbished, but in the past, both the NEC and NIA were venues you went to see something and then left.... this doesnt have to be the case, and im hoping the refurb of the NIA and previously the NEC address this...
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Old December 15th, 2011, 01:53 AM   #30
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well this gets my full support. having been to a number of concerts at the O2, you really realise what type of experience can be had aat such a venue. ive not been to the LG since its been refurbished, but in the past, both the NEC and NIA were venues you went to see something and then left.... this doesnt have to be the case, and im hoping the refurb of the NIA and previously the NEC address this...

"Not been to the LG since its refurbishment"!!!!!???? Call yourself a Birmingham Mod!!!???? ..... tut, tut
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Old December 16th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #31
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i am a birmingham mod, but i live in newcastle lol
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Old January 24th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #32
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Bump!

Next week the NIA starts moving its catering equipment to the NEC ready for the Re-ferb...
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #33
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interior renders?( bowl)
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #34
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interior renders?( bowl)
Don't think there are any yet. Most of the money will be spent on pre- and post-show facilities, with it's seating capacity rising by only a few hundred.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #35
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Bump!

Next week the NIA starts moving its catering equipment to the NEC ready for the Re-ferb...

I thought ithe refurb had'nt got through planning yet, and then a start date towards the end of the year?
Seems a bit premature..how will they cater for existing up and coming events?
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I thought ithe refurb had'nt got through planning yet, and then a start date towards the end of the year?
Seems a bit premature..how will they cater for existing up and coming events?
Shouldn't think there is a lot of kit to move any way ... there are only 2 or 3 burger kiosks.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #37
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I know quite abit of the facilities are being moved, alot of the hospitality catering equipment for example. I was told by management at the NIA a couple of days ago that they are all getting ready for moving a good chunk of it. Theres more there than you think in terms of catering.
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You're probably right.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #39
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I like the current modesty of the NIA, I think it's simple and stylish. The lower floor facing the canal which looks to me like a service road and area and the canal forntage could definately do with improving. By filling in these open blocks with cafe's/bars and improving the flow of people by increasing the steps and entrances in and out then I think the job could be done for a lot less cost.

Personally I think the renders look horrific.
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Has a planning app been put in yet?
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