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Old May 18th, 2016, 11:08 AM   #21
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And would I be right in thinking that even if it were for a Hotel chain that it might not mean hotel rooms. The hotel could be making use of the conference and banqueting facilities already in place at the council house.
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Old May 18th, 2016, 11:24 AM   #22
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Surely as an office facility it wouldn't be that suitable nowadays. As a banqueting and meeting facility, great. I hope the BMAG is retained and the council move into some nice new offices in the Paradise or Arena developments, would make a lot of sense.
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Old May 18th, 2016, 12:57 PM   #23
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I looked at a couple of grand Victorian offices along Colmore Row recently and while very dramatic the ceiling heights and restrictions with the fabric of the building don't make them worthwhile unless making a statement is more important than operating costs. I'm sure they'd keep the debating chamber but there can't be a lot of office space in the council house.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 08:34 AM   #24
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CGI (courtesy of Birmigham Post) of a £10M proposal to turn Colmore Row into a "tree lined pedestrian friendly boulevard" and enhance square in front of Snowhill Station.

[Note: Where on earth is that SUV going?]



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Old May 19th, 2016, 09:19 AM   #25
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Just been told by a BCC worker that the council are considering leasing out the Council House to a high end hotel brand, is this true?
Morning, Brummyboy!

The council's reviewing all its property holdings and the Council House isn't exempt.

Ostensibly, that's the reason why the museum's trust has been offered only a five-year lease on the galleries.

So, while the council might be playing politics, at least it's doing so in earnest...
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Old May 19th, 2016, 09:43 AM   #26
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We did hear a while back that the council house extension could be up for grabs
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Old May 19th, 2016, 10:49 AM   #27
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BUDGET HOTEL GETS GREEN LIGHT IN BIRMINGHAM

Easyhotel at 81-91 John Bright Street...

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A budget hotel chain has secured planning permission for a new 84-room venue in Birmingham.

easyHotel first revealed its plans to convert 81-91 John Bright Street, which lies 120 metres from the entrance of the newly renovated New Street station, in January.
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...in-birmingham?
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Old May 19th, 2016, 11:04 AM   #28
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Great news, JB Street really has transformed into a great spot.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 01:51 PM   #29
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More clutter..........those 20 signs painted on the roads in the suburbs will suffice. I'd like to get rid of lots of signs and all the barriers in the middle of traffic light crossroads etc.
There was supposedly a drive (no pun intended) to clear away unnecessary clutter / street furniture that was clogging our pavements. But the tram route has produced signs a-plenty - all over the place, thus cluttering the pavements that in many stretches have been widened for greater pedestrian flows.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 02:00 PM   #30
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Cluttering the street with flat signs on top of vertical posts isn't going to be of much use, too many and people ignore them. Some clear floor markings that encourage people to think for themselves would be more appropriate.
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Looks like bagot st could be getting two new neighbours with the car park adjacent likely to be this and phase 2 built too

Unite buys Birmingham site for £40m student development
12:36, 19 MAY 2016 UPDATED 12:54, 19 MAY 2016 BY TAMLYN JONES
Developer and operator adds fifth site to its portfolio in the city with around 600 new rooms due to open in 2019
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Old May 19th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #32
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Seeing as Eastside Locks has 625 rooms, I would say this new proposal would be on a similar scale.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 07:36 PM   #33
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I like the pics of the redevelopment of Snow hill district, looks great.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #34
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Seeing as Eastside Locks has 625 rooms, I would say this new proposal would be on a similar scale.
The site looks smaller so the scale may be much more.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 09:26 PM   #35
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I said this over in the Unite thread, but maybe they have brought the Safestore site, as the current store is moving to the new bigger purpose built building on Newtown Middleway, that coupled with the car park is quite a big site, but for that many rooms it would have to be quite high.

There are 656 rooms in the Sanctuary Students - Bagot Street student accom just next to this site, and that's a split over 2 buildings. https://www.sanctuary-students.com/bagot-street/
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I said this over in the Unite thread, but maybe they have brought the Safestore site, as the current store is moving to the new bigger purpose built building on Newtown Middleway, that coupled with the car park is quite a big site, but for that many rooms it would have to be quite high.

There are 656 rooms in the Sanctuary Students - Bagot Street student accom just next to this site, and that's a split over 2 buildings. https://www.sanctuary-students.com/bagot-street/
It can accommodate 656 students. I assume some rooms are double if not all rooms are these days as single bed rooms were on the way out as i was leaving uni. So i assume it is one per room.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 10:27 PM   #37
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I said this over in the Unite thread, but maybe they have brought the Safestore site, as the current store is moving to the new bigger purpose built building on Newtown Middleway, that coupled with the car park is quite a big site, but for that many rooms it would have to be quite high.

Any chance it could be Vesey Street/Lancaster Gate, that site is dying for a building!!
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CGI (courtesy of Birmigham Post) of a £10M proposal to turn Colmore Row into a "tree lined pedestrian friendly boulevard" and enhance square in front of Snowhill Station.


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Colmore Row is a classy street and I like the plan to "green" it up and improve the pedestrian environment, that said does it include public transport too.... If you take out Colmore Row to traffic what happens to every street that leads off it ie: Lionel Street, Church Street Newhall Street, Waterloo Street etc..... Colmore Row is the main feeder road that provides the life and "vitality" to this whole area. Take out the traffic and potentially you could ruin the culture of the whole area.
This needs carefully thinking out, I love the current vibe of Colmore Row in its present form, it just needs the street environment and experience to be improved.
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Old May 19th, 2016, 11:13 PM   #39
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JCB's were on the Sparkhill Baths site (Stratford Road) when I was on the bus past it earlier today. Hasn't been any activity there since the old baths got pulled down late last year.

So far only digging up the soil piles so far.
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There's definitely some activity and JCB's on site at Bagot Street phase 2 student accomodation now too, Watkins Jones signage on the fencing.
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