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Old March 2nd, 2012, 01:13 PM   #41
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http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...ans/index.html

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A decision on the proposed hotel at Ladywood House in Birmingham city centre has been deferred by councillors for design reasons.
However, plans by Sydney-based StayWell Group and its investment arm Seven Capital to convert Auchinleck House office block into a four-star, 300-bedroom hotel and conference centre and revamp the Five Ways shopping centre were approved at the planning meeting yesterday (1 March).

The Ladywood application for a 224-bedroom, nine-storey hotel at the 1970s office building above New Street station was also scruntinised by councillors at Birmingham City Council.

Planning officers had recommended the plans for approval but the council deferred the decision to look again at the design at a later date.

The plans by Network Rail includes a bar and restaurant on the ninth floor and the recladding of the north and south side of the building.

A row of predominantly vacant shops on Stephenson Street surrounds the ground floor entrance of the tower, which has been empty since July 2008.
The luxury redevelopment of Auchinleck House and Five Ways, which was passed by the council, includes a 300-bedroom hotel, conference space for up to 2,000 guests, 48,000 sq ft of retained retail, 24,500 sq ft of new food retail space, a spa gym and a 200-space car park.

A roof-top restaurant and bar is also part of the application.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 02:54 PM   #42
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i am liking the fact that birmingham should have a number of decent rooftop restaurants in the city in the next few years... hopefully!
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 03:17 PM   #43
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That article refers to a different application - 2011/08679/PA - not the Motel One app. I heard the facade didn't go down well with the planning comittee.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 08:27 PM   #44
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i am liking the fact that birmingham should have a number of decent rooftop restaurants in the city in the next few years... hopefully!
The Motel One plans have got rid of the idea of a rooftop restaurant, they plan to have the restaurant on the lower floors. The Rooftop restaurant was mooted for the original change of use plans before motel one came in
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 08:39 PM   #45
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The Motel One plans have got rid of the idea of a rooftop restaurant, they plan to have the restaurant on the lower floors. The Rooftop restaurant was mooted for the original change of use plans before motel one came in
A great shame this, it really is, it just calls out for a rooftop restaurant in my opinion. Ah well.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 11:47 AM   #46
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i am liking the fact that birmingham should have a number of decent rooftop restaurants in the city in the next few years... hopefully!
Have you been up the Cube yet?
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Old March 4th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #47
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Have you been up the Cube yet?
I beg your pardon??
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Old April 26th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #48
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Grand Hotel and Motel One were approved at planning today
Great news, top of New Street is going to look completely different with this, John Lewis, and a new car park also!

Just hope that Premier Inn for Exchange House doesn't get approved.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #49
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great news, the sooner they start the better!
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 06:41 PM   #50
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Anyone know how long the 3rd from top floor has had the windows papered up? Im sure they was today
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Old May 7th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #51
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If you were on about these windows here Sefton, they have been like this for years lol

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Old May 8th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #52
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Ahh ignore that then lol
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Old May 21st, 2012, 12:33 PM   #53
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It looks like it's already been stripped out inside.
Still got partitions and floors / ceilings in it, I believe.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 11:20 PM   #54
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Sorry to bump this thread, but I was going through some apps and found this, it was approved after te Motel One was approved and there's new renders also.. Where do we go from here, two apps for one building both approved?

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Application Number 2011/08679/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Ladywood House 45 Stephenson Street Birmingham B2 4DH
Proposal Change of use from offices (Use Class B1a) to form a new hotel (Use Class C1) and external alterations.
The 4 top documents are renders.. plus the CGI names documents too.

Approved in June 2012, Motel One April 2012, this one doesn't have the sky restaurant though.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 11:25 PM   #55
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That's a 2011 app

Motel one is 2012 app

I think that app was the original for change of use to hotel showing what could happen much like auchinleck house did, original app showed a repaint of building with change of use once approved we had a second app for the brilliant proposal currently underway

Although I would like to know what's going on with this, seems strange it's all gone quiet and the buildings for sale
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Old October 14th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #56
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It was amended in 2012 though, and it looks much different to what we originaly saw, this is the materiel document for example

http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP

which was added to the app June 2012
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Old October 14th, 2012, 11:38 PM   #57
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Looking at the amended Design and Statement Documents, looks like Motel One is still the Hotel Operator, but will be using Network Rails app for the buildings design.

Design and Access Statement from May 2012

http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP

And a few new renders

http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP

http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP

http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP

http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP
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Old October 15th, 2012, 12:05 AM   #58
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Well this was always going to stick out like a sore thumb, being a plain box on top of the smooth curves of the shiny station cladding, but couldn't they have at least tried to make it a bit more sympathetic to the station design by not having jet-black side elevations?

EDIT: Looking through the D&A it says the original application was to "maintain a certain amount of anonymity". They say their revised proposal is intended to be "expressive" and "architectural" whatever the hell that means.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #59
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hmm, well those renders are pretty awful!
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Old October 15th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #60
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Not much that can be said about that. At least it brings a building back to life...
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