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Old February 8th, 2006, 06:02 PM   #1
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This was the article Bio was speaking about but in its full glory




MCD given go-ahead for luxury flats Feb 8 2006
By Steve Pain, Deputy Business Editor


MCD, the urban regeneration specialist, has been given the green light to convert Birmingham's largest vacant office building into a new residential development - featuring 182 luxury apartments.

The 140,00 sq ft building - Brindley House on Newhall Street - is 15 storeys high. MCD is to add another two storeys to the structure, which sits adjacent to the BT Tower and opposite the company's award winning £30 million Islington gates mixed-use scheme.

Built literally on stilts over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the £37 million scheme will also create a new gateway to the Jewellery Quarter and St Paul's Square, opening up the towpath, restoring the canal to its former glory and making an important new link from Brindleyplace and the Convention Quarter.

To be launched to the market place early spring, Brindley House marks the start of a major expansion drive for the independent Birmingham-based developer.

"The future of MCD is extremely exciting," said managing director Steven Byrne.


"We have spent much of the past 12 months planning our expansion and working away behind the scenes to ensure we can move forward with confidence and do what we're best at - creating innovative, award winning schemes that people enjoy living in.


"Whilst the name of MCD will be emerging in many more major cities across the UK, we are still keen to continue to build on our strong reputation in Birmingham.


"The Jewellery Quarter is an area close to our hearts, not just because our headquarters are based here, but also because we believe it still has huge potential.


"By working with the local businesses and community groups, we hope the name of MCD will become synonymous with the area and that we can will build on its heritage to help create an even richer and more diverse new community."


MCD believes Brindley House will become a major new landmark on the city's skyline, with a refurbished exterior and innovative lighting scheme, illuminating the building, blending with the adjacent BT Tower and creating a stunning new focal point on Newhall Street.


The interiors will also demonstrate MCD's ability to tackle more complex projects, with the east wing using innovative design and storage techniques to capitalise on varying floor levels and create unusual selling features.


"Being an independent developer we are not fazed by taking on schemes that to others may prove more of a challenge," Mr Byrne added.


"We have demonstrated this on previous developments in the city including King Edward's Wharf, Islington Gates and most recently St Martin's Gate, an office refurbishment next to the Rotunda.


"Whilst commercial success is of course a requirement, being an independent means we are not as driven by profit.


"We can choose the schemes we want to work on, we are proud of and enjoy creating.


"We are confident Brindley House will reflect our innovative approach and be a major benefit to the local area," he said.


MCD, based in the Jewellery Quarter, will stage a presentation day at St Paul's Gallery on February 16, when local businesses in the area can see the plans for Brindley House. The Birmingham firm is also involved in schemes in Bristol, Coventry, Stourbridge and Nottingham.
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Old February 8th, 2006, 11:19 PM   #2
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I think they'll make a good job of this.I hope they get the lighting right.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 03:28 AM   #3
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Has anyone got a picture of the existing beast? I know it from the canal path with its big stilts; I am trying to picture it from the the street, I think it is really nondescript atm.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 09:43 PM   #4
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I took these a couple of weeks ago, it's looking a bit grim at the moment but work on gutting the place is well underway.

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Old February 9th, 2006, 10:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the pics.It looks like they've already started to paint it white on that last photo.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 11:53 PM   #6
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they've definately already started this one....saw a load of workmen knocking windows out just the other day.
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Old February 12th, 2006, 09:46 PM   #7
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This building really is grim at the moment. Was hoping they'd pull it down until i saw the proposed redevelopment pics.. i think they r on another thread somewhere.. could somebody post them up here.
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It hadn't when i walked down the canal a few weeks ago.

What happened to the images we had of this one.. it looked pretty snazy
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Some of the Windows have WWII tape on the window, looks empty, but not much happening by the looks of it:







And last one, it's not a pretty thing is it?

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Picture of the BT Tower a bit off... It'll be interesting to see the result of this.
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They do seem to have added about 20 Meters in height havn't they?
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Scary...
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Old February 5th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #15
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Scaffolding gone up!

Couldn't see what if anything was happening

(wonder what that circle thing is in the middle of the Picture? dodgy camera or UFO invasion?)


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Couldn't find the thread, but someone somewhere said that Brindley House was an Insult to the man it's named after, and what he'd say if he saw it, wonder what he'd say about:



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so this is happening then? a full reclad?
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BEWARE!!!!! Night time renders!
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Scientist call hysterior brought on by Night Time Renders the "Orion effect"
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The thing is, we can't be conned by this one. The building cannot look worse than it already does!

Looks like a soft strip going on inside - the windows haven't even come out yet but the floors are looking pretty empty.
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