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Old March 17th, 2015, 01:49 PM   #1
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103 Colmore Row | Offices | 26fl | 108m | U/C.

103 Colmore Row
City Center/CBD

Height: 103m | Floors: 26 | Developer: Sterling Property Ventures & Rockspring

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  • A new vision for Birmingham’s NatWest Tower has been unveiled with demolition work thought to be imminent.

    Proposed replacement building has gone on show at an event in the city. It reaches 336ft high, with 26 storeys, making it the tallest building in the business district.

    The new building, designed by London-based architects Doone Silver, will measure 211,000 sq ft, with a steel, aluminum and glazed structure.

    The proposals are for a building which will comprise 196,000 sq ft of office space over 19 floors, with floorplates up to 11,500 sq ft. There will be a terrace on the 18th level, for the exclusive use of the occupier. The building is capable of housing around 2,000 workers.

    Joint venture partners Sterling Property Ventures and Rockspring also plan a restaurant at street level as well as a 8,600 sq ft restaurant at the top of the building.

    In all, the proposals outline 15,000 sq ft of leisure space.

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103 Colmore Row: Design Features
  • The Lantern: the top floor restaurant space will remain lit at night, illuminating the skyline.

    The Winter Garden: the ground floor frontage on to Colmore Row is set back from the road, allowing pedestrian access and creating space for a winter garden and café. Four steel columns stretch four storeys as a contemporary response to the cornice heights of the existing historic buildings along Colmore Row.

    Vertical “fins”: the outer screens of vertical blades help the building achieve more slender proportions. These will be coloured gold, silver, bronze and graphite, adding interest to the façade, reflecting the light as it changes throughout the day and lending the building a vibrant quality.


  • Current status: Outline Planning - Proposed - Completion 2017





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Old March 17th, 2015, 01:59 PM   #2
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There's another photo here from the council house. https://twitter.com/business_bham/st...71189118070784

Sorry not sure how to directly post photos.

Much bigger than I thought it would be, seems a lot of effort has been put into the detailing of this. 103 metres!
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Old March 17th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #3
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If its due for completion in 2017 will we atleast see the current tower go down this year?
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Old March 17th, 2015, 02:19 PM   #4
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Josh - What have sources been telling us over the last few weeks at a constant rate??
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Old March 17th, 2015, 02:27 PM   #5
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Hmm.



I quite like it, particularly the colours (looks like it will go nicely with the library), but I'm not sure this is a fitting location. Can't help thinking that they're replicating the main mistake of the Natwest Tower (being too overbearing and in the wrong location), but just in shiny new materials.

Once the new buildings start going up at Paradise Circus and at the other end of Colmore Row it might fit in more though.
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if you get rid of the fourth block and make it taller it may fit in better?
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Old March 17th, 2015, 02:45 PM   #7
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That is going to look very BIG
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Old March 17th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #8
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I love the view from Colmore square, much better than the previous proposal.

I'd have that as my avatar.
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Old March 17th, 2015, 03:00 PM   #9
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First impression - I don't like it. Too bulky. Too commercial - they're trying to maximise the floor plates by building a big square box with the varying roof heights just there in a desperate attempt to give the building a personality.

This will be one of the most visible buildings in the city in one of its most sensitive locations - 'must try harder'.

Give me the NatWest tower over this any day.

Even better, give me the Ledenhall Building. Would be perfect here.
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Old March 17th, 2015, 03:03 PM   #10
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We'll have three lit crowns soon. 11 Brindleyplace, Plot E Arena Central and 103 colmore row. They'll look very exciting on the skyline.
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Old March 17th, 2015, 03:08 PM   #11
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Park Regis too - That's going to be a clusterball of light.
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it gets my vote so long as the detail associated with the design mirror the vision in terms of quality!
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Josh - What have sources been telling us over the last few weeks at a constant rate??
I don't know man I think you'd be better off asking someone else.
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I like it but agree dropping the 4th block and going taller would be better

And josh


Demolition starts April 2015

Takes 10-12 months to complete

Construction hopefully beginning in February- April 2016
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Thank you for the straight answer.
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Straight answer has been evident in lots of posts including today's news articles.
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I like it but agree dropping the 4th block and going taller would be better
The front block on Colmore Row removed would make this look like eastgate tower in Manchester.
Plus I like how it steps down when viewed from Colmore Square.

I'd prefer they shortened the rear block by a few levels and then make the blocks slightly thinner and increase the height by about 5-10m.
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Straight answer has been evident in lots of posts including today's news articles.
Okay sweetheart it's okay.
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Old March 17th, 2015, 04:59 PM   #19
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Is there likely to be any more renders/models at Hotel du vin?

Anyone still going?

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At 336ft, it's a nudge over 100m, which should please the size queens. I think it looks great, although the elevation from across the council house is a little severe.
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