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Old March 18th, 2015, 01:11 PM   #81
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The Wholesale Markets is already in a dip at present so it could happen. A bit like the Fort Shopping Site.

On overall project - I like the sight lines and street (pedestrian streets too) layout, the funky signature buildings but the resi lets it down a little. Would like to see slightly higher and innovative designs with maybe more roof gardens and stepped balconies.
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The council may pull a cultural attraction of out no where, but don't hold your breath
That would be great!! Museum, art gallery, music venue?? Maybe even a small, well designed skate park to get the skateboarders out of eastside park.
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Old March 19th, 2015, 12:46 AM   #83
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Birmingham Smithfield consultation

Consultation runs tomorrow from 8am till 10am. Please do make sure your views are heard and taken into account.

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Birmingham Smithfield consultation
Sarah Kirby 18/03/2015
Cllr Ali, Leader,

Public to have their say on the future of the £500 million Birmingham Smithfield investment

An event tomorrow (Thursday 18 March) at Birmingham Hippodrome marks the start of an eight-week public consultation on the Birmingham Smithfield visioning document. The consultation provides the public with an opportunity to have their say on the future of this 14 hectare site.

The public consultation follows the launch of the £500 million plan to regenerate Birmingham Smithfield at MIPIM. Birmingham Smithfield represents a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a unique destination for the city, which builds on the area’s rich heritage and focus for retail markets.

Based in the city centre, Birmingham Smithfield will be able to capitalise on its location next to the prime shopping area – which attracts over 40 million visitors a year, spending £2 billion on the local economy – and New Street Station, which is used by more than 51 million people a year.

The development will be set within a vibrant new area, featuring high quality pedestrian and cycle routes, and a series of new public spaces. This includes Market Square, the focal point for the site, around which the markets and family leisure quarter will be located.

The 14 hectare site is expected to create over 100,000 sq. metres of new floorspace, 1,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs, adding £470 million GVA to the local economy and attracting millions more visitors to Birmingham.

The city’s Midland Metro tram system will be integrated into the site and bring Birmingham Smithfield within minutes of the proposed high speed rail (HS2) terminus at Curzon nearby. Further enhancements to public transport facilities for the site will also be delivered.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham Smithfield is a once in a generation opportunity to transform this part of the city, building on our recent successes and delivering a truly unique asset. The Birmingham Smithfield visioning document is the first step towards realising this potential. We want to hear the people of Birmingham’s views and how we can harness the opportunity and deliver a true legacy for the city.”

Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy at Birmingham City Council said: “Birmingham Smithfield provides an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant new destination and add to the city’s reputation as a great place to live, visit and do business. Throughout the consultation, the people of Birmingham have an opportunity to have their say on the future of this major redevelopment. We will be holding a series of exhibitions and events to showcase the opportunity.”

People are encouraged to visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/birminghamsmithfield to view the visioning document, find out more and to submit their comments.

Tomorrow’s event runs from 8am to 10am.

An exhibition will be on display at St Martin’s church in the Bullring between Saturday 21st March until Friday 1st May from 9.00am – 5.00pm and then at the Library of Birmingham from Thursday 7th May until Thursday 14th May during library opening hours.

A series of drop-in sessions will be held where the exhibition will be on display and officers will be available to answer questions. There will be sessions at Birmingham Council House on Monday 30th March 1.00pm – 5.00pm and Monday 13th April 9.30am – 1.00pm, followed be sessions at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 11th April and Saturday 25th April. For more details please visit the website. The consultation closes on Thursday 14th May.

Following this consultation a masterplan will be produced for the site which will include a set of big moves and development principles that will inform future planning and procurement exercises for the area.


For media enquiries contact Sarah Kirby on 0121 303 3885
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/birmin...-consultation/
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Old March 24th, 2015, 11:07 PM   #84
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A few pictures of the display boards from the public consultation:























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Old March 24th, 2015, 11:44 PM   #85
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Someone mentioned a replacement tag market likened to the one in that document


Are the council taking note of people's opinions on here?


If so we'd love a load of skyscrapers, thanks!
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Old March 25th, 2015, 11:15 AM   #86
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Someone mentioned a replacement tag market likened to the one in that document


Are the council taking note of people's opinions on here?


If so we'd love a load of skyscrapers, thanks!

Agreed. This is the opportunity to go big!!!
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Old March 25th, 2015, 11:17 AM   #87
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Do you think this will add some emphasis to the stalled Connaught Square proposals? Also an opportunity to revive the River Rea's fortunes. 😃👍
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Old March 25th, 2015, 11:24 AM   #88
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Do you think this will add some emphasis to the stalled Connaught Square proposals? Also an opportunity to revive the River Rea's fortunes. ����
Ahhh good thinking, would be wonderful if it did! This was one of my favourite proposals for the city. It would be a huge shame if it ended up on the pile of cancelled and forgotten projects in the city. It would make sense as more investment is spread into Digbeth. The Markets site, the huge harrison drape building, Beorma.... fingers crossed for Connaught.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:02 PM   #89
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Does anyone have a map of Brum which shows clearly where the Rea actually flows?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:14 PM   #90
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Do you think this will add some emphasis to the stalled Connaught Square proposals? Also an opportunity to revive the River Rea's fortunes. 😃👍
Those sites formed part of the Big City plan. There is/was to be a Southside Masterplan also which would cover this but i can't remember if it actually happened or it did so long ago that the answer to your question is no, not really.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 03:24 PM   #91
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Does anyone have a map of Brum which shows clearly where the Rea actually flows?
Well, it flows behind my back gardin fence toward a famous cricket ground

Er...flows away from.Doh!

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Old March 25th, 2015, 05:29 PM   #92
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Any chance of resurrecting the Rea in Eastside like they did for the canals in Brindleyplace?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #93
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I imagine there is bound to be a water feature / area for this historic "Moat" district so maybe the Rea could feed into something?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 08:29 PM   #94
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I remember them talking about making it a priority to raise it.
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Connaught Square was billed for a £150 million scheme, comprising 658 apartments, a four-star hotel with sky bar and a new Irish Centre, and was also renowned for its promise to bring Digbeth’s hidden river – the River Rea – back up to surface level.

Initial plans were given the go ahead back in 2007, and would have marked a major transformation of Digbeth, creating 1,000 underground parking spaces, two public squares straddling the River Rea and a pedestrian boulevard. However, the project was stopped after the administrators were called in by Allied Irish Bank in June 2010, which was owed £24 million by Connaught Square Ltd. No buyer has been since found for the development.
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I was a little surprised by the lack of residential that was proposed as part of this but I`m guessing that they`re limited by the potential late night noise factor of the rest of the development.

It looks to me like the 1000 units will be apartments. I can`t see how they would get that many houses in to the area identified for residential.

I just hope that later developments, which are built as they move further south of the City Centre, will include a large proportion of family townhouses, perhaps even four storey houses.

It concerns me that so much of the residential in and around the City Centre is apartments. There`s some townhouses being built in the Jewellery Quarter and at Attwood Green but other than that, it`s all apartments.
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With a lot of the river rea currently covered up could uncovering it lead to it becoming more of a river than a stream?
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No, you would need to alter the culvert which restricts the flow of water.
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Agreed. This is the opportunity to go big!!!
Not at the expense of re providing the markets. Not sure talls are needed here so close to digbeth. Just good density. 12 storeys
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Not at the expense of re providing the markets. Not sure talls are needed here so close to digbeth. Just good density. 12 storeys
It's far enough away from Birmingham's Victorian historical core to go "tall" here ..... why are we to be so 'precious' about Digbeth with the possibility of tall buildings at Smithfield?
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