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Old April 16th, 2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Kensington House | Suffolk St Queensway | Refurbishment | Comp.

another redundant office block conversion...


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Application Number 2014/02010/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Kensington House Suffolk Street Queensway Birmingham B1 1LN
Proposal Change of use from offices (Use Class B1) to 132 units of student accommodation (Use Class Sui Generis)
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Old April 16th, 2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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Old April 16th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #3
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proposals include replacement glazing and external fins, cladding to ground floor

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Old April 16th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #4
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haha far from exciting but development and investment nonetheless....

about years ago on in my first job, i wa working on designs for a 30 storey student block here... seems the own has either changed, or just changed their mind!
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Old April 16th, 2014, 10:03 PM   #5
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The building changed hands in 2013


With this, bristol St residences and the one above the O2 being student accommodation aswel as the tesco development hopefully we can see some life moving to this side
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Old April 16th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #6
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Birmingham's fast becoming a university city.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 01:05 AM   #7
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I guess its good to see this building come back into use.

At a guess i'd say in the late 1990's at least half of Brums skyline consisted of empty buildings. We've come a long way since then.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 03:40 AM   #8
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Forward!!!

Is it here or just further along there was another proposal about 5 or 6 years ago?
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Old April 17th, 2014, 09:07 AM   #9
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Is it here or just further along there was another proposal about 5 or 6 years ago?
I assume you mean the pollo hotel tower? That's on vacant land next to the other office block immediately next to the mailbox
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:44 AM   #10
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Birmingham's fast becoming a university city.
Always was.

And that is a pretty tame refurb, it'd be better to blow it up and start over.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:53 AM   #11
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Kensington Central... it's very like the Kensington in London...

Good that another dead office block is coming back to life though.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 12:15 PM   #12
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I quite like the building in it's current form, doesn't this have a decent lighting scheme too? Seem to remember it having up lighters that look quite good of a night
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Thanks for the update.

I think there was already a chosen contractor for this refurbishment. It was spoken about in the circles last year anyway but I haven't heard anything else since.

Also in regards to student accommodation. There is a potentially massive 500 bed student scheme in bath row due to go in for planning soon.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 03:26 AM   #14
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Thanks for the update.

I think there was already a chosen contractor for this refurbishment. It was spoken about in the circles last year anyway but I haven't heard anything else since.

Also in regards to student accommodation. There is a potentially massive 500 bed student scheme in bath row due to go in for planning soon.
Hmm.. odd place to put many of the student halls in this area. I'd have preferred housing to extend Park Central for an increase in affordable private housing and to make the area more permanently lived in. Student Halls should be a bit closer to the universities that they serve - for example, around the Sandpits, out by The Vale/Selly Oak, up by Millenium Point, and New Town/Aston area.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 03:29 AM   #15
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Bath row is popular because of the train route to uni of Birmingham i would think.
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Old April 18th, 2014, 06:06 AM   #16
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There is loads of student flats on and around Bath Row, there has been dating way back into the early 90's as far as I can recall.

Its a great location for a manor of reasons.
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Old April 20th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #17
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'all manner of reasons' ...... sorry, shouldn't have done that!
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Old July 14th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #18
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This goes to planning this week.
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Old February 18th, 2015, 06:03 PM   #19
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Q3 completion


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Old February 18th, 2015, 07:44 PM   #20
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Meh.

I suppose it'll do given the quality of architecture on this road.
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