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Old March 20th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #21
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Hmm wonder how likely this scheme is
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Old March 21st, 2015, 02:33 AM   #22
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It's not that big and has part cut off for storage, it's also not as nice as the sides facing outwards
yeah we had access to it when we did the refurb a few years back, theres not that parking in there, but its not very nice, not actually that big, im sure its on 2 levels in there and the internal facade of the building is nothing special at all

plus then its used a lot by the staff, especially the catering bit

the facade that the public see and then the state of whats tucked around the back sums that building up (and the BMAG) we could refurb those buildings for 20 years + and still have work to do, some proper horrible bits that havent been touched in 30 odd years tucked away in there

and the bit inside we did refurb had the same generic look that the offices in the BMAG / lancaster circus / woodcock street
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Old March 21st, 2015, 01:35 PM   #23
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A couple of photos of what's tucked around the back.

Council House by metrogogo, on Flickr

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Old March 21st, 2015, 02:02 PM   #24
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Council House itself could be a museum extension at least. I notice the British Museum have an egypt exhibition in BMAG at the moment, maybe we could have a branch of the British Museum?
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Old March 21st, 2015, 02:56 PM   #25
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Council House itself could be a museum extension at least. I notice the British Museum have an egypt exhibition in BMAG at the moment, maybe we could have a branch of the British Museum?
It's not a bad idea but I think the LoB becoming part of the BL was dismissed a while back.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 04:40 PM   #26
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Saw this on Lench Street in the Gun Quarter (or is it St Chad's & St Paul's now?)



Might be for this old thread https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...631668&page=13
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Old March 21st, 2015, 05:13 PM   #27
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New subways signs seen at Lancaster Circus subways. They were also installed at the subway near the Gun Quarter (under St Chad's Queensway).

Example Vulcan Subway near Aston University and The Old Fire Station





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Old March 21st, 2015, 05:22 PM   #28
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Old March 21st, 2015, 05:32 PM   #29
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Seems like they changed the name of the Gun Quarter again to "St Chads Gunsmiths Quarter"
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Old March 21st, 2015, 06:08 PM   #30
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Saw this on Lench Street in the Gun Quarter (or is it St Chad's & St Paul's now?)



Might be for this old thread https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...631668&page=13
What is this? Is it base for a billboard? There has been a section of works on the other side of this car park too, and somebody said it was for a sign, which has taken them over a year to just lay the foundations..?
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Old March 21st, 2015, 07:31 PM   #31
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Scaffolding seen on a building at the top end of New Street (Victoria Square end)



Think from Pevsner that it was the former Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Building.

Adecco and Santander are in this building.


66 - 69 New Street

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Old March 21st, 2015, 09:05 PM   #32
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Rumours of Qatari investment seem to be looking more likely


http://www.gulf-times.com/mobile//ec...-opportunities
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 03:23 PM   #33
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What is this? Is it base for a billboard? There has been a section of works on the other side of this car park too, and somebody said it was for a sign, which has taken them over a year to just lay the foundations..?
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 03:52 AM   #34
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Gunsmith's Quarter. I like the sound of that... Gun Quarter in Birmingham conjures up stereotypical images for those in the country that may have heard of Birmingham's past reputation.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 01:47 PM   #35
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Old March 24th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #36
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Massive news for Arena Central!!!

HSBC moves its UK bank headquarters to Birmingham

In Birmingham's biggest inward investment deal for a generation, Britain's biggest bank is relocating its UK operation to Arena Central

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...arters-8909759
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Old March 24th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #37
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indeed, HSBC to relocate 1,000 from London to Birmingham to set up a new Headquarter in the city at Arena Central...

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HSBC to relocate 1,000 jobs to Birmingham

24th March 2015

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By Andy Coyne - Editor, West Midlands

IN A huge inward investment win for Birmingham, banking giant HSBC has announced it is to relocate 1,000 jobs to the city.

It is to set up a new base at the Arena Central scheme in what is understood to be the largest property deal in Birmingham since 2002

HSBC has announced it will be locating the national head office of its ring-fenced bank, which will serve its personal and business customers, in Birmingham city centre.

The move will involve relocating some 1,000 roles currently based in London to Birmingham from mid-2017 onwards.

The creation of a ring-fenced bank is in response to the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 and must be completed before 1 January 2019.

HSBC’s decision to create the head office of its UK ring-fenced bank in Birmingham follows a review by the bank of a number of possible head office locations.

Antonio Simoes, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC UK, said: “We have been looking at options for the head office of our ring-fenced bank for some time. It became clear to us that Birmingham would be the right location.

"The city is close to London, but also brings us within easy reach of our 16 million customers based across the UK. Birmingham is a vibrant, growing city that has the expertise and infrastructure to support our ring-fenced bank and brings us a step closer to our ambition of being the bank of choice in the UK.”

The bank has been supported by Birmingham City Council and inward investment agency Marketing Birmingham – and its employees will continue to be assisted throughout the relocation process.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, commented: “HSBC joins a number of global companies that want to be a part of Birmingham’s accelerating growth and strong economic prospects.

“Birmingham is changing for the better. We are investing heavily in the city’s future, with major projects including the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station due to complete this year and other transformational schemes now underway. A local network of public and private sector partners are forming entrepreneurial partnerships, sharing ideas and implementing ambitious plans for the future of the city.

“We look forward to welcoming the new head office of HSBC’s ring-fenced bank to Birmingham, and will continue to support and advise the bank as its plans move forward.”

HSBC already has close connections with Birmingham. Midland Bank, which was founded in the city in 1836, was acquired by HSBC in 1992.

HSBC is in advanced negotiations to conclude the acquisition of a 250 year lease on a new office comprising 210,000 sq ft at Arena Central. Arena Central is part of Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone within the city centre.

Legal documents are expected to be signed in the next few days and a reserved matters application for the new building has been submitted. Development of the site is anticipated to start by June 2015.

Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, said: “HSBC’s move to Birmingham will enable the bank to capitalise on all the benefits the city can offer. Supported by the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone, we are ploughing new funding into the local area to boost its connectivity, skills and infrastructure."

The firm will be joining a number of other international BPFS companies that have set up a base in Birmingham. German banking giant Deutsche Bank has drastically grown its operations in the city – while US architect Gensler and law firm Hogan Lovells, which is headquartered in London and the US, have also recently located in Birmingham.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #38
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Great news! June 2015 start for construction too.

Would be fab if Lloyds returned their headquarters to Birmingham too. We can dream.
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Massive news for Arena Central!!!

HSBC moves its UK bank headquarters to Birmingham

In Birmingham's biggest inward investment deal for a generation, Britain's biggest bank is relocating its UK operation to Arena Central

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...arters-8909759
The rumours were true! The Midland Bank comes home!
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