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Old June 10th, 2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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Rough Diamond - Birmingham

Architects: M3
Location: Jewellery Quarter, Next to the 152m BT Tower
Height: 120m x 3 (But I say 130m/120m/50m)

Birminghams rough diamond
June 2005



M3 Architects has revealed images of a dramatic new mixed-use scheme in Birmingham, dubbed a “rough diamond” in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

The project, for an unnamed consortium which includes the site’s landowner, is at pre-planning stage but will be shown in the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition, which runs from June 7 to August 15.

The glazed development includes three 120m-high towers, 111,480sq m of office space, a 150-room hotel and residential accommodation.

M3 Architects partner Nadi Jahangiri said the practice had been appointed for the scheme through “word of mouth” after impressing with designs for a mews development in south London.

Referring to the Birmingham project, he added: “The idea behind the form of the scheme is that it is a rough jewel or rough diamond. It is on the site of an existing car park that will be relocated in phases during construction. We are talking to the planners at the moment and getting encouraging noises, and it should be in for planning by the end of the year. We are a practice of only six but we do a lot of speculative work and are very good with planners.”

The Royal Academy exhibition, now in its 237th year, is the world’s largest contemporary art exhibition, showing sculptures, prints and architectural models, most of which are for sale.

The architectural work includes Grimshaw’s Fulton Street train station in New York City, an office scheme in Leadenhall Street in London by Richard Rogers, a painting by Will Alsop and schemes by Michael Hopkins, Ian Richie, Eva Jiricna and Edward Cullinan.

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Old June 10th, 2005, 09:39 PM   #2
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wow! fantastic!

go Brummy!!!!!!
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Old June 10th, 2005, 09:48 PM   #3
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is this breaking news.
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Old June 10th, 2005, 09:52 PM   #4
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is this breaking news.
Indeed, we all missed it. Thank God for Bileduct

In the last few weeks alone, we have had -

130m+ Tower Proposed
130m Proposed
120m Proposed
90m Approved
75m Proposed
70m+ Approved/Proposed
50-60m Proposed

Good for Birmingham.
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Old June 10th, 2005, 09:57 PM   #5
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great news for birmingham you will a brilliant skyline soon.
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Old June 10th, 2005, 10:27 PM   #6
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we all want arena central built but this'll do until then!
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Old June 10th, 2005, 10:32 PM   #7
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we all want arena central built but this'll do until then!
Starting 2006
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Old June 11th, 2005, 01:41 AM   #8
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This isn't a 'proposal', it's a concept released by an architect. It's at pre-planning, which means it could change in any number of ways before a firm proposal is actually submitted. I'd be seriously surprised if anything came forward in that form.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 01:46 AM   #9
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This isn't a 'proposal', it's a concept released by an architect. It's at pre-planning, which means it could change in any number of ways before a firm proposal is actually submitted. I'd be seriously surprised if anything came forward in that form.
I wouldnt at all, its a prime center location where high-rise buildings have been granted.

Pre-planning or not, it shows thier intentions - were know by the end of the this year of the final plans.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 03:25 AM   #10
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Cracking development oppurtunity here, Full steam ahead I hope.

Love the idea aswell.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 10:53 AM   #11
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very good!
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Old June 11th, 2005, 04:14 PM   #12
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nice have you got better render of that????
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Old June 11th, 2005, 04:25 PM   #13
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nice have you got better render of that????
No unfortunately not, and probably wont until December/January. Just try imagining them wrapped in glass, It does it for me
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Old June 11th, 2005, 05:07 PM   #14
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Strange,but cool!
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Old June 11th, 2005, 06:09 PM   #15
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this is not 1 or 3 towers, but 4.

i like only the two tallest, but i didn't like the two smaller ones.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 06:11 PM   #16
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this is not 1 or 3 towers, but 4.

i like only the two tallest, but i didn't like the two smaller ones.
The tallest one already exists. It's called the BT Tower and is a communications tower. As the article says, there are three towers, the tallest of which is 120m.
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I wouldnt at all, its a prime center location where high-rise buildings have been granted.

Pre-planning or not, it shows thier intentions - were know by the end of the this year of the final plans.
Oh I agree it's a great location, but that design is just not the sort of thing that will happen. M3 architects are unknown (or rather known for not building much), the developers may turn out to be reputable but probably not, and the site isn't really prime pitch which means they probably won't be able to demand the highest rents... so to build something like that strikes be as unviable. The design also looks like it's at a very early stage... that tiny gap between the towers wouldn't be any good as a public space and look how thin the floorplates are at the top.

A more advanced conept would be a clear statement of intention, but this is just an early study model for an exhibition... nothing to get too excited about.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 07:42 PM   #18
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No its definatly a prime site, Smack bang in the CBD right next to the finacial heart of the city!
Early Days yet.
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Old June 12th, 2005, 04:29 AM   #19
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Very nice design, it will be interesting to see it after it's complete, if it goes through.
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Nice, got a long way to go though.
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