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Old December 7th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #121
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Will update when we have a bit more info.

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Old December 7th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #122
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I'm starting to really like the developers taking into account the public realm with more public spaces.
Thanks very much! When we resubmitted the planning application we wanted to make sure that we were making more of the public realm.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #123
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Hi, thanks very much for your info, do you have any news on what's up with the Magistrate's Court at the moment, when we might see some movement, etc?
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Old December 7th, 2012, 04:56 PM   #124
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Hi Nikal / ExSq! Brilliant news on Masshouse and the attention to detail in your proposals is spot on. That cafe environment in the square is also very heartening.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #125
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Hi, thanks very much for your info, do you have any news on what's up with the Magistrate's Court at the moment, when we might see some movement, etc?
I thought it was stalled due to government finances?

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Hi Nikal / ExSq! Brilliant news on Masshouse and the attention to detail in your proposals is spot on. That cafe environment in the square is also very heartening.
These are outline proposals so they have only agreed the principle of development, not the way the buildings look or the environment they are in.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 05:03 PM   #126
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Will update when we have a bit more info.

Thank you very much for this information, I am glad this is going ahead.

May I ask 3 questions :

- Are there any new plans for the magestrates courts ?
- Is the Hotel, or tallest building likely to break the 100 mtr barrier ?
- Based on current feeling for possible tennants both office and hotel when would you anticipate a start on site and a completion of the 3 buildings ?

Thanks in advance, and I must say from the renders I very much like the look of this for this area,

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Old December 7th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #127
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Those new renders seem to show a different layout of the buildings... The changes are subtle but it seems to have a major effect... I'm not too keen on that.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #128
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Yep...very good and very exciting.

Great to see the "Exchange" name that was so famous in Birmingham coming back.

will help the Mclaren Building also.

and hopefully a Tram stop nearby on its way down into Eastside.

Happy digging!
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Old December 7th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #129
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looks brilliant, get it built!
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Old December 7th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #130
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Exchange Square sounds excellent, what a great first post, welcome!

The quality looks excellent, you'd never believe Masshouse was under the same development (which could do with a clean)
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Old December 8th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #131
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Like the new graphics and the appealing new square, hope we don't lose the water features though, Brindleyplace's water feature just brings the place to life, even when its quiet
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Old December 8th, 2012, 09:58 AM   #132
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Like this a lot. Clean lines and has room to breathe.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #133
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Same as Exchange Squares post but smaller images





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Old December 8th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #134
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Guy really! Do not get excited by the images! This is an outline application, the buildings in the pictures do not have permission and will probably not look like the pictures.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #135
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Thanks Nikal!

Suppose, they do get permission :O
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Old December 8th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #136
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But if they do they probably wont look nothing like the renders above.

Just think of the amount of developments that have went in for outline permission with buildings depicted that everyone on here went ape shit for it.... and then complained because the reserved matters application or application for the individual building was totally different to the render...
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Old December 9th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #137
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Thanks very much! When we resubmitted the planning application we wanted to make sure that we were making more of the public realm.
Now *this* is what my signature below is about. If the public space around a building is utilised, the overall scene of the development comes to life. Too many time people think of just the function or aesthetic of the development, or perhaps how the development fit is with the surroundings.. This is all great, but a development can't look alive if there's no life around it. This gets a bit of a thumbs up from so hope everything goes well... Mini Brindley Place
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #138
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From Construction Enquirer:

Birmingham Masshouse project approved

Developer Nikal has gained outline planning consent for the second phase of its Masshouse development in Birmingham.

Named Exchange Square, the site has gained approval for the development of 600,000 sq ft of commercial space across two buildings, ground floor retail, and a 200-bed hotel and apartments.

All set around a new public realm, Exchange Square is designed by Glenn Howells Architects to be delivered in phases, with the public square and any of the site’s three planned buildings able to be brought forward, depending on market demand.

James Payne, development director, Nikal, said: “We are naturally delighted with the decision by Birmingham City Council to grant outline planning consent for this scheme.

“Exchange Square represents one of only a few deliverable solutions to the perceived upcoming shortage of Grade A space in Birmingham over the next two years.

“With a cleared site and infrastructure in place, we could achieve completion of any of the planned buildings within just 18 months.

“We are now looking forward to developing detailed plans for each of the buildings in what will become one of Birmingham’s best business addresses.”

Situated in the City Centre Enterprise Zone, Exchange Square is well positioned to be served by both existing and planned transport services and with the site already cleared, no demolition works will be necessary to prepare it for construction.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:25 PM   #139
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And Business Desk:

Nikal wins planning consent for revised Exchange Square scheme

PROPERTY developer Nikal has received outline planning consent for the second phase of its new Masshouse scheme in Birmingham.

Named Exchange Square, the site has received clearance for 600,000 sq ft of Grade A commercial space across two buildings, ground floor retail, and a 200-bed hotel and apartments, all set around a new public area.

The scheme is designed to connect the city to the on-going regeneration of Eastside. It will be delivered in phases, with the public square and any of the site’s three planned buildings able to be brought forward, depending on market demand.

James Payne, development director, Nikal, which has sole ownership of the site, said: “We are naturally delighted with the decision by Birmingham City Council to grant outline planning consent for this scheme.

“Exchange Square represents one of only a few deliverable solutions to the perceived upcoming shortage of Grade A space in Birmingham over the next two years. With a cleared site and infrastructure in place, we could achieve completion of any of the planned buildings within just 18 months.”

He said while much of the space had remained unchanged, the firm had worked closely with Glenn Howells Architects to ensure the layout of the site conformed to design requirements.

“We are now looking forward to developing detailed plans for each of the buildings in what will become one of Birmingham’s best business addresses,” added Mr Payne, left.

The land is already cleared and power to the site will be provided via the Combined Heat and Power generator at Aston University, which already provides heating and hot water to Nikal’s award-winning Hive residential development, part of the first phase of the Masshouse scheme.

Originally granted planning consent in 2008, the plans for Exchange Square were revised and resubmitted to the city council following changes to the wider economic climate and the announcement of a number of key infrastructure projects within the city, including the Big City Plan, which had not been implemented at the time of the original submission.

The resubmitted application also makes allowances for the delayed new Magistrates Court, which was the original anchor-use sited for the first phase of Masshouse.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I have been a longstanding advocate of the redevelopment of Eastside, which I have always felt was a sadly overlooked and neglected part of the city. With companies like Nikal developing forward-thinking, truly 21st Century schemes like Exchange Square, I am convinced that we are now moving in the right direction with the on-going development of this site.”

The plan has been altered from the original submission to open up the development and enhance the pedestrian route connecting the City Park and proposed HS2 station to the Colmore Business District and Snow Hill area.

Alongside the transfer of the public square, other noticeable changes to the original application include alterations to the office buildings, which have been reconfigured to offer larger floorplates across fewer floors in order to meet market demand and present a practical and appealing offer to occupiers.

Joint agents for Exchange Square are Jones Lang LaSalle and GBR Phoenix Beard. Savills acted on behalf of Nikal during the planning stage.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #140
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And finally EGI:

Nikal shines with Masshouse consent

Manchester-based developer Nikal has won consent for the next phase of its £600m mixed-use development at Birmingham's Masshouse.

Outline consent has been granted for the second-phase plans, known as Exchange Square. Masshouse is located in the city's Eastside regeneration zone.

Nikal originally won outline planning consent in 2008 for 645,000 sq ft of grade A offices, shops and a 200-bedroom hotel, plus flats, set around a public square.

Under the revised plans, the developer will build 600,000 sq ft of grade A offices. The buildings will be reconfigured to provide larger floorplates across fewer floors. The hotel and flats will also be provided.

The location of the public square has been shifted to the edge of the site. The application allows for the delivery of the scheme to take place in phases, with any single building and the public realm able to be developed first.

James Payne, development director at Nikal, which has sole ownership of the site, said: "Exchange Square represents one of only a few deliverable solutions to the perceived upcoming shortage of grade A space in Birmingham over the next two years.

"With a cleared site and infrastructure in place, we could achieve completion of any of the planned buildings within 18 months."

Nikal has worked closely with Glenn Howells Architects on the revised plans. Detailed plans for each of the buildings are now being worked up.

Situated in the city centre enterprise zone, Exchange Square will sit close to the proposed HS2 terminus if it gets the go-ahead.

Originally granted planning consent in 2008, the plans for Exchange Square were revised and resubmitted to Birmingham city council following the economic downturn and the announcement of a number of key infrastructure projects within the city, including the Big City Plan, which had not been implemented at the time of the original submission.

The resubmitted application also makes allowances for the delayed Magistrates Court, which was the original anchor-use for the first phase of Masshouse.

Jones Lang LaSalle and GBR Phoenix Beard are joint letting agents. Savills advised on planning.
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