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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:16 PM   #81
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I can't quite fathom it. There was a large hole, but that has been filled in with rubble. The only encouraging sign is the main contractors name on the hoardings namely Robert McAlpine. I guess there must be some logic to it somewhere. Then again it has been at least a week since I last saw the site.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #82
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I guess they are carrying out ground improvements?
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Old December 9th, 2006, 04:23 AM   #83
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we are currently preparing to pile the ground starting next week.

there are 2 levels of basement, excavation of the sub-basement will commence once the piling is complete.

someone said they thought the frame was steel, it is actually post tensioned concrete slabs (if that means anything to anyone) within a wholly concrete frame. There will be some steelwork framing to the roof plantrooms, but nowhere else.

glad to hear some people like the design, it is apparently going to be the first Cat A office development in Birmingham.
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Old December 9th, 2006, 05:01 AM   #84
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glad to hear some people like the design, it is apparently going to be the first Cat A office development in Birmingham.
Sorry, Cat A ?
If you mean A graded office value then your a little late as Post and Mail is A graded and will be open before you and there are others around.

Good snippets of info though, do you work for contractors?
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Old December 9th, 2006, 05:11 AM   #85
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Cat A refers to the 'fit-out' of the building, in terms of the specification.

and yes I do
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Old December 9th, 2006, 01:44 PM   #86
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I was under the impression that all of Brindley place was Grade A office space

Is this "Cat A" different then i'm still confused
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Old December 9th, 2006, 02:40 PM   #87
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Too many categories and grades floating around here. Baskerville House is Grade A as well...
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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:01 PM   #88
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You're confusing the grading description of office space Grade A, B & C with the fitting out stages.

Cat A - Developer / Landlord fit-out works (cores, common parts,etc)
Cat B - Tenants fit-out works

Cat 2 is also a description of light fitting (the shiney reflective ones in offices). New lighting regs came in a couple of years back governing office lighting and these were called LG3. They were not practical to apply (the fall back position being Cat 2) and so were rewritten to LG7.

and then there's the Listing Grades...
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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:07 PM   #89
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Aha, thanks for clearing that up for us Foxy!
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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #90
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Grade A office space - New or recent build, large flexible floorplates to high specification
Grade B office space - Typically refurshished 70's / 80's office space which is practical and adaptable.
Grade C office space - Older stock offering only basic accomodation with a tendancy to be outdated
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Old December 11th, 2006, 12:03 PM   #91
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Thanks for the info Neal
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Old December 11th, 2006, 09:17 PM   #92
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I've been inspired to name future pets "Cat A" and "Cat B"
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HAven't seen this corner of Birmingham look this good in years, ie without that damned awful carbunkle that was there before.

Pic is from opposite corner (obviously) - piling rig on site!

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HAven't seen this corner of Birmingham look this good in years, ie without that damned awful carbunkle that was there before.

Pic is from opposite corner (obviously) - piling rig on site!

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PS - yes i know the focus is crap, but I've come to the conclusion it may be the operator and not the camera!

Do you know who I bumped into at Specsavers?

EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

Yes, the jokes are worse than the pictures, but I think I may have to consider some double glazing of my own!!
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Old February 5th, 2007, 01:19 AM   #96
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err.. where's the drill gone?

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Old February 17th, 2007, 04:08 PM   #97
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Tower Crane Going Up 17/2/07


That is some mobile crane!
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Jesus! It's a brute! Interesting to see what's going to be happening over the next few weeks.
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Jesus! It's a brute! Interesting to see what's going to be happening over the next few weeks.

Yeah. I'd only gone into town to try and get a textbook. Walked out of WHSmith, and saw that thing. Looked like it was sticking out of my beloved Grand Hotel so I had to investigate further. Tower crane itself looks like it's gonna be a biggy judging by the ammount of trucks parked around the site with the various bits on them.
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I'll have to have a look when i get into town later on. Does anybody have any idea of the schedule for this... what's the prospective completion date?
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