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Old June 15th, 2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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Masshouse - Birmingham

Scheme: Masshouse
Location: Birmingham
Cost: £300,000,000
Use: Office/Mixed
Area: 1.2m sq ft (111,480 sq m)
Developer: David McLean
Website: http://www.masshouse.co.uk/default.asp?page=location

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO: BEST WAY TO VIEW THE DEVELOPEMENT




This is a very important scheme for Birmingham as its has broken the concrete collar around the city which had unabled it to expand outwards (as shown in this picture - The McLaren building standing there at the moment is also being recladded.

BIRMINGHAM City Council has formally handed over 1.1 million sq ft of land at Masshouse in Eastside to David McLean Developments for a £300 million landmark development.
The land is available following the demolition of the elevated section of the ring road blocking the expansion of the city centre into Eastside, focus of the 10 year, £6bn regeneration project aimed at creating a new cultural quarter for Birmingham. The aspiration for the Masshouse development is to create a high quality gateway to Eastside in keeping with Birmingham's position as a major international city and bring on stream much-needed new office and residential space to attract national companies to Birmingham.

David McLean Developments was selected to develop the first phase sites at Masshouse in the face of intense competition because they have shown they can deliver big projects and because of their innovative approach to the site. They are working with leading architects Edward Cullinan and Aedas on a 1.1 million sq ft mixed use development, which will include 500,000 sq ft of Grade A offices, 550 high specification apartments and affordable housing, a hotel of up to 350 rooms and space for retail and leisure plus parking.

Masshouse 2003







Beggining to knock down the road that had been blocking the expansion of the city.



It is the first phase of Eastside, a £6 billion expansion of the city eastwards. These are the same plans(ish) but the colour scheme is now blue and white.



http://aedas.hostinguk.com/index2.cf...reenHeight=768

The site cleared for, ready for construction 2005.

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The first construction pic's - Interesting to note that its a steel frame work which should see it rise exceedingly quickly. This is the 15 storey residential building that is rising, the first building to be built on the sites.










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Old June 15th, 2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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But show them what the first phase is they're building... it's not a pretty sight!
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Old June 15th, 2005, 10:07 PM   #3
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But show them what the first phase is they're building... it's not a pretty sight!
They can see from the video
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Old June 15th, 2005, 11:08 PM   #4
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bit of a waste if you aske me- bland & not very tall- had the potential to do something special but no.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 01:06 AM   #6
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bit of a waste if you aske me- bland & not very tall- had the potential to do something special but no.
I dont think you quite understand the purpose of this development. Its designed for the Eastside - Europes largest single development. What it does is break the concrete collar around Birmingham which had stopped the city growing for decades - Although tall enough, super high-rise structures would be a bit pointless because its the start of an urban park. The worlds 10th largest library is planned for the site ending at these towers designed by Richard Rogers. Not only that but the residential block that is being built at the moment will be situated next to a a new block of residentials also designed by Richard Rogers which will decrease in height gradually from 23 storeys (The main tower has an exceedingly high spire aswell if included in the revised height increase).

Its a huge developement, with over 7 towers over 50m - the equivelent of a London Bridge Tower just broken up in a very small space. It will create a boulevard into the Urban park, which like I said will lead to the Worlds 10th biggest and probably most modern library. Its a very good scheme, and a very important scheme.

As you can see in this picture this is the view from the Library's rooftop garden - Masshouse is the collection of highrises right infront of it with 5 towers decreasing in height.

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But show them what the first phase is they're building... it's not a pretty sight!
Yeh it's not the best, but its bright and a nice shape which will make it fit into the Park well ... You wont be able to see it aswell when Richard Rogers 23 storey residentials go up, which is due to start at the end of the year eary next.

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That puts it in a better context- lets hope you get the Rogers library
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I dont think you quite understand the purpose of this development. Its designed for the Eastside - Europes largest single development.

Its a huge developement, with over 7 towers over 50m
Europes largest single development, really? Impressive. What is that in terms of though, sheer floorspace?

And btw, 4 towers over 50m maybe. Not 7.
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Europes largest single development, really? Impressive. What is that in terms of though, sheer floorspace?

And btw, 4 towers over 50m maybe. Not 7.
Again you're missing the side residentials which are U/C at the moment. not in the masshouse list. 50m as we worked out the other day. The other 5 towers of Office and Hotels are all over 50m.
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Actually, you might be right about the final Maahouse office, I think thats only around 45m but its a bit decieving because of the slope.

Check out the video, Its a bit easier to view it from that.
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The Red render at the top is now Blue and White - Like shown in the video


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Interesting Thread BC.
although i wouldnt hold your breath for the library.
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