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Old October 20th, 2017, 05:59 PM   #1
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Well Hello!!

Someone has been listening to me go on about Lancaster Gate for the longest

Here we have a new Student Scheme split over 3 buildings, at 24, 13 and 10 floors respectively. I measured on the elevations the tallest building is down at 70m but the elevation measurements seem to stop before the top of the building (if anyone can clarify).

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Application Number 2017/08885/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Land at Vesey Street, Lench Street, Lancaster Street and Lancaster Circus St Chads Queensway Birmingham B4
Proposal Erection of new buildings between 10 and 24 storeys to provide purpose built student accommodation (Sui Generis) with associated internal and external amenity space, landscaping, cycle parking and associated works.
https://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/...m/Menus/PL.xml

Here are the renders - in the D&A Statement there is one render with Birmingham City Uni on the building, not sure if the building belongs to them.











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Old October 20th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #2
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Not bad for student accommodation. If it was a prs apartments then i would of expcted alot more from this site. Good solid design though.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 06:06 PM   #3
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love the look of that! Will be a nice welcome to visitors arriving via the expressway.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #4
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Glad to finally see some proposals for this prominent site entering the city which at the moment doesn’t give good first impressions. Also good to see news of another new development after a very slow week.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 06:37 PM   #5
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Old October 20th, 2017, 07:03 PM   #6
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From my crude measurements, it looks to be just over 76m on the side with the lowest ground level.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 07:05 PM   #7
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I like it, looks nice, but ill be that guy, wish it was taller
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Old October 20th, 2017, 07:30 PM   #8
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About time. This took a while to come though. Interesting looks. Not sure i like it really.
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Im with djay, unsure if I like it or not. Looks a bit odd on the second picture.

Its going to cool driving over the Lancaster Flyover though, and having something this large overshadowing the area.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 08:32 PM   #10
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What an awful drab looking building and again not even going much over 75 metres. Total let down again.


At least Birmingham will have one accolade, the best mid rise skyline in the UK.


Not impressed at all.

And the colour is disgusting.

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This site should really have a 100m + tower, the more I look at it the more I dislike it.
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Love the design but can’t help thinking it should be taller!
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looks alright, interesting configuration. Like that jaunty angles and the colour. Not so sure about the jazzy patterns. Could go either way. Much more fun than the previous proposal. Chance of getting past the committee without their usual pointless posturing
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The angles of the tall tower on its own look good it’s just a shame it looks such a mess with the 3 towers together. Couldn’t they have just gone taller with 1 tower and scrapped the smaller 2.
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Old October 21st, 2017, 01:05 AM   #15
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And the colour is disgusting.
It looks to be similar materials to Hotel La Tour or whatever it is called these days.

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This site should really have a 100m + tower
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It's taken me a while to accept that this isn't a joke proposal. Some of these architects need their heads checking. Absolutely awful. It's almost like it's a competition to see who can design the ugliest building??
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I am struggling to take to it to be honest, the tower looks like another reincarnation of the Holiday Inn design but all in black. The best part is actually the back part until you realise that the the windows just don’t suit the design and ruin it.

Basically if the two towers were bigger and looked more like the Bloc Hotel design on Hill St and the brick part looked like the revised Westminster Works design in Digbeth it would work substantially better...let’s hope we see some revisions and amendments!!
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Colour is not the issue, its no different to (the hopefully up and coming) Bloc and even the Hyatt. I think Brumsgrove hit the nail on the head, one block would have looked better than three, just looks very odd from street level.
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Love the design but can’t help thinking it should be taller!

Agreed, but also wish it was plain residential not more student accommodation.
Despite all the student development round here (thousands of bedrooms) the area is completely soulless.
Why is it any commercial element associated with Birmingham student accommodation fails around here?
In Manchester and Leeds these areas would be "buzzing" with life, independent retail and bars and cafe's, with loads of people milling around, not here..WHY?
I really was hoping for a "stellar" residential tower here of over 100 metres, and thought that would be needed to compliment and house workers for the "Canary Wharf" vision for Snowhill..oh well
Better the plot is not left a flat car park for eternity like Great Charles Street, that said we've had quite a few proposals for this site that have never materialised.
Sorry to have my pessimistic hat on this morning, for all my complaining I do like the design actually.
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