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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:16 PM   #1
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Westminster Works | Alcester Street | Residential | 7fl | Appr.

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Application Number2016/08279/PA
Application TypeFull Planning
Site AddressFormer Westminster Works Alcester Street Birmingham B12 0PU
ProposalDemolition of existing buildings and erection of 6/7 storey buildings to provide 164 no. residential apartments, car parking and associated development.

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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:18 PM   #3
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:28 PM   #4
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That's the covered carpark - a better use of land; I like it.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 01:35 AM   #5
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Looks decent. As said a better use of the land. Always thought the Paragon is one of the nicest buildings but unfortunately is a very poorly rated hotel.
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Looks decent. As said a better use of the land. Always thought the Paragon is one of the nicest buildings but unfortunately is a very poorly rated hotel.
Definitley one of our hidden Gems. It was the Chamberlain wasn't it? Be lovely if it was overhauled, along with this part of Digbeth.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 02:41 PM   #7
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I think it's location lets it down, hopefully this can be the start of a revival and it will get returned in time
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Old October 14th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #8
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Looks good. I'm glad to see the chip shop building is retained.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 09:54 PM   #9
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The inset balconies are a nice touch. Thumbs up.
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Old October 15th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #10
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That looks ok?
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Old October 20th, 2016, 10:38 PM   #11
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I really like this! The scale really complements the Paragon Hotel as seen in the last 3 renders, plus it's a solid brick building which is fantastic! Looking forward to this one, Digbeth really is on its way up.

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Old October 20th, 2016, 10:45 PM   #12
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First of all, I hope this scheme goes ahead. It does look a cracker.

Secondly, I hope we see many more schemes like it in Birmingham in the near future.
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This really is what Digbeth needs to strive for, hopefully they incorporate green roofs into the scheme too.
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This really is what Digbeth needs to strive for, hopefully they incorporate green roofs into the scheme too.
It would be marvellous if more green roofs were encouraged. Imagine going on that elevated ex railway viaduct park that has been talked about, looking down on smart new developments full of greenery.
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First of all, I hope this scheme goes ahead. It does look a cracker.

Secondly, I hope we see many more schemes like it in Birmingham in the near future.
The architects, Campbell Architects, are a new name to me. They are based in London and most of their work is there, some of it in high-profile locations like Piccadilly.

What impresses me is that they have completely assimilated the early 20th century industrial style of Digbeth, to such an extent that when you look at those images it's difficult not to think you are looking at a refurb of an existing building
rather than a new-build.

Interestingly, if you go to their website and look through their projects, you will see that in 2012 they designed a refurb of the interior of the Paragon Hotel, and also looked at the possibility of extending it. On the site it suggests that this is in for planning, though that seems a bit unlikely.

They seem to have done one other job in Birmingham, also in 2012: a proposed internal refurb of Cornwall Court, that big 1980s brick office block on the right at the bottom of Great Charles Street just before you get to Livery Street. Its status is described as "feasibility".
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I like the design, but I don't like the lack of commercial space on Alcester St. This part of the street has the makings of a great local centre which should be encouraged. I'm concerned that too many of the proposals in this part of the city are closed off to the streets.
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This got approved yesterday.
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I`d completely forgotten about this site which I`m going to put down to the fact that the current proposals in Birmingham are so numerous.

What`s the likelihood of this being built?
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I`d completely forgotten about this site which I`m going to put down to the fact that the current proposals in Birmingham are so numerous.

What`s the likelihood of this being built?
Good I hope. Great looking scheme. Would love to see Digbeth to continue to develop with more of this. High density low to mid rises with good quality classy architecture.
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Good I hope. Great looking scheme. Would love to see Digbeth to continue to develop with more of this. High density low to mid rises with good quality classy architecture.

Along with a nice commercial mix too, to create an active street scene.
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