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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #161
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Yeh good video - Urban Splash sent me a nice presentation box with a DVD which had that video on it. Looks like they only sent it to people who brought an apartment. Mines on the 8th floor (Yeeehhhh!!!)
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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:37 PM   #162
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Very envious....
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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:40 PM   #163
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Old January 18th, 2006, 06:27 PM   #164
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Yeh good video - Urban Splash sent me a nice presentation box with a DVD which had that video on it. Looks like they only sent it to people who brought an apartment. Mines on the 8th floor (Yeeehhhh!!!)

Ohhhh look at you

Im holding out for Arena Central
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Old January 18th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #165
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Looks like they only sent it to people who brought an apartment. Mines on the 8th floor (Yeeehhhh!!!)
Careful Suki. Divulge any more information and you could find 50 Brummie forumers kipping on your apartment floor.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:40 PM   #166
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Hi everyone ..I have just joined this forum and this is my first post.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what sort of progresss is being made on the Rotunda ?

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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #167
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150,00

15000 , christ thats cheap....where do i sign !
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Old February 24th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #168
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im utterly confused, ive clicked on the link and can find no video
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Old February 24th, 2006, 09:05 PM   #169
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first floor has had the walls removed - slow progress
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Old February 24th, 2006, 09:44 PM   #170
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Welcome Richy.Progress slow.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 09:53 PM   #171
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Hi Richy

I was reading something in the Contract Journal about Rotunda, and can supply the following information.

- due to the restricted access, the site is using a temporary scaffolded platform to store gear so all deliveries are craned up to first floor level
- some storage is on top of the old Lloyds Bank roof. Because it was a money store, the concrete is something like 600mm thick so very strong
- they have had to remove asbestos and 20 tonnes of copper piping (mainly from the central core)
- not all the floors are perfect circles, so they are having to add a little extra as the cladding and windows are designed to be fitted to a round building
- (I find this the most amazing) each floor IS CANTILEVERED FROM THE CENTRAL CORE. There are no structural columns on each floor.
- due to its listing, the building has to keep its original identity. The windows are going to be floor to ceiling and the cladding between will be white textured gass.

From what I have seen, the soft strip is complete but the cladding and windows are now being slowly removed.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 11:35 AM   #172
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Thanks for the information, and the greetings.

I assume the term "soft strip" means the removal of all the extraneous internal material ? To be honest I was expecting the whole thing to be covered in scaffolding by now.

I guess the location means there are alot of logistical difficulties and thats why it wont be ready until 2008.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #173
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I don't know if anyone notice the last comments from Urban Splash article in Thursday's Birmingham Post.
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If the fevered rotunda sale is anything to go by, regeneration certainly pays. So when Guy Jackson says of Birmingham's soaring cylindrical tower, "We'd like three more Rotundas. Do you know of any?" - he's only half joking
They would have made a brilliant job of the Post on Mail building
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Old February 25th, 2006, 12:30 PM   #174
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Ive always wondered why developers never bothered with more cylindrical towers in the city, rather than opting for the more bland (cheaper) slabs!

Clearly the Rotunda is a landmark building a lot of people can associate with, so why not build more.

I recall seeing pictures of a structure containing 4 "rotundas" all linked together by a central hub. I don't know how tall this structure is but I do recall it being covered in dark glass paneling, and is probably situated in the States. Hope someone better placed knows of the building Im thinking of: but anyway, I'd love to see something like that here in Brum
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Old February 25th, 2006, 05:13 PM   #175
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I recall seeing pictures of a structure containing 4 "rotundas" all linked together by a central hub. I don't know how tall this structure is but I do recall it being covered in dark glass paneling, and is probably situated in the States. Hope someone better placed knows of the building Im thinking of: but anyway, I'd love to see something like that here in Brum
Do you mean BMW's head office, known as the four cylinder?

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Old February 25th, 2006, 05:35 PM   #176
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well if Im being honest, no. But Ive got to say the BMW building does look really really good and would be great if a variation was built here as a mixed-use scheme.

I've tried to do a bit of Googling as well as using the international boards on here to try and jog my memory of the building I can't quite recall. Im sure its in the States ... will keep on searching .... Thanks anyway
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Old February 25th, 2006, 05:43 PM   #177
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I know the one you mean, big black thing? Or dark brown, I think it's in Detroit, or Chicago.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #178
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Could be either of these cities: starting to bug me now. Will be my mission this weekend .....
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Old February 25th, 2006, 06:33 PM   #179
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Found it (akthough not the best pics i could find)!!

Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. 112mtr 35 floor tower

Wouldn't mind something like that in Birmingham, along with the palm trees and weather
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I may have been getting it confused with

the one on the left
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