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Thought a thread was needed where we could compile any news relating to historic building conservation, renovation, demolition etc.

First up, the articles posted by Nacho earlier today:

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/...objectid=31532186&siteid=97319-name_page.html

Historic King Edward VII pub popular with Aston Villa fans faces demolition

The 100-year-old King Edward VII, on the junction of Lichfield Road and Aston Hall Road, is set to be bulldozed to make way for a new industrial development.

Ten years ago Villa Park’s faithful successfully campaigned to stop the landmark pub being lost as part of highway changes.

Birmingham City Council has now agreed a compulsory purchase of the Edwardian watering hole, along with the nearby former Concentric Controls factory.

The land will be filled by a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub – an industrial development that will create 3,000 jobs in one of the city’s most deprived areas.

But council cabinet members want to ensure the bar’s antique fixtures and fittings are saved – either stored or used in another venue.

Conservative group deputy leader Coun Robert Alden (Erdington) said: “It has a nice history to it, but we are told it needs to go for the greater good. The problem is that Birmingham has lost too many buildings like this for the bigger picture.

“I am sure the front of the building could be kept and incorporated into any new development.

“If not, then I have asked them to ensure that the Victorian tiles and other fixtures are carefully removed and perhaps reused rather than have them pinched or vandalised.”

The pub has a Grade C rating on Birmingham City Council’s local heiritage list. This offers no legal protection and can be easily challenged by a major development.

No one at the pub was available for comment.

The city council is understood to be currently in talks with the owner over the sale of the property, but now has the back-up of a compulsory purchase order if a deal cannot be struck. The city council has secured a £2 million loan from the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership towards the development of the site.

The Concentric Controls site is currently sublet to a number of small businesses which employ a total of 150 people.

The council has pledged to help the firms relocate to new premises

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/...objectid=31535500&siteid=97319-name_page.html

Historic Birmingham pub The Navigation in Kings Norton saved from bulldozers

Drinkers at The Navigation in Wharf Road, Kings Norton, celebrated the decision by planning chiefs to reject plans by the Co-op to build a supermarket on the site.

And although the refusal has to be rubber-stamped by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee, campaigners said people power had won the day.

Owners of the 19th Century pub, Spirit Group, had an agreement that the Midland Co-operative Society could build on the site if planning permission had been approved.

But refusing the application, Coun John Clancy (Lab, Quinton), said: “The Birmingham pub is an endangered species and we may look back on applications like this as to why they became extinct.

“Pubs have got enough problems trying to survive.

“The community has spoken in the planning process. The loss of the pub is serious to the community. It provides an important service and we should turn down this application.”

Coun Barry Henley (Lab, Brandwood) described an earlier application by the Co-op as “hideously ugly” and said the latest plans were “garish”.

He said: “This building with its shed-like aspect is wholly inappropriate.”

And he praised the response of the community who argued the loss of the pub would harm the area and existing local business, saying: “This is the most clear cut public consultation I have ever seen.

“This application is completely and wholly unacceptable.”

The Navigation is on the edge of the Kings Norton conservation area but was turned down for listed status by English Heritage.

Planning officers said there were no concerns over increased traffic or harm to existing businesses around the area.

But committee members voted to reject the application which will now be deferred while officers draw up legal grounds for the refusal.

Diane Rogers, chairwoman of the Save the Navigation committee, had handed in a 2,300 name petition against the plans before yesterday’s crunch meeting.

She said: “This shows the strength of feeling and the people of King’s Norton have spoken.

“We’ve thrown everything we can at this.”
 

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Morestoreysplease found this app a while ago:

Application Number 2012/03213/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address 74-94 Bristol Street Birmingham B5 7AH
Proposal Conversion of upper floors to create 12 clusters of student accommodation (Sui Generis) with ground floor management office and laundry, and ground floor refurbishment including new shop fronts, and extension of ground floor uses to include A1-A5 and D1-D2 uses with parking to rear


Other recent news:

-Grand Hotel application approved to restore the building to its former glory.
-An application has been submitted to turn the empty Curzon Street Station into Ikon Eastside
-Work is beginning on the Coffin Works, Birmingham Conservation Trust's latest (and long awaited) development, which will see the building used as museum and office space.
 

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The Sloane Street development in the Jewellery Quarter was approved today.

http://www.calderpeel.com/projects/residential/sloane-street-jewellery-quarter/


Application Number: 2012/00952/PA
Site Address: Camden St/Sloane St/Camden Drive/Legge Lane land at Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EH
Development Description: Redevelopment consisting of new build, refurbishment and selective demolition to provide 25 townhouses and 77 apartments and associated development
 

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Great idea mikey! I wanted to post about the King Edward VII.

I've only been in there once or twice, very much a no-go area for Blues fans, but I went with my uncle years ago as he is a vile fan. Seems such a shame to be potentially losing such a beautiful building. Surely the building could be incorporated or something into the new 'Advanced Manufacturing Hub'.

A Disgrace.
 

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The Sloane Street development in the Jewellery Quarter was approved today.

http://www.calderpeel.com/projects/residential/sloane-street-jewellery-quarter/
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Would be great to see more refurbishment and or sympathetic rebuild of unused and derilict property in the JQ.
I know housing isn't highly thought of in terms of regenerating the JQ, but there's so much potential here to solve some of the housing shortage, and bring people/money into the quarter. This would help sustain the commercial elements which often struggle at this end of town, especially out of 9 to 5 hours. I would have loved to have seen the E.A. Harris proposal have happened with its little sqaures and side streets. The JQ needs businesses but it also needs people.
 

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Regarding the Edward VII, you'd have thought, as you both suggest, that it could be incorporated into any new development, especially considering its limited footprint. With an estimated 3000 new jobs on site it could be a goldmine come worker's lunch hour.

Equally thought, it's grade C locally listed, and Sir Albert has mentioned developing this site several times, so I wouldn't hold out too much hope.
 

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Good shout. I knew I'd forgotten a few.

App for Brandauer Works - 2012/04054/PA

In addition to those two, there's also an application waiting to be determined on bringing the three 1820s homes on the Moseley Road opposite Highgate Park back into use.
 

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Coop's plans to demolish the Navigation in Kings Norton have been thrown out by the planning committee this morning.
 

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Don't know why they keep trying, they own the land opposite that currently has derelict units on that only one gets let out every new year and bonfire night to fireworks, they should just demolish them units and build a store there
 

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brum2003 said:
Hey that's great news - do you know if they have funding in place ?
Spoke to Ikon regarding next steps for Curzon Street:

Ikon is hoping to open Curzon Street Station as a space for visual arts, hosting temporary exhibitions and events.

Whilst Planning for this has been approved, costs and funding are in the process of being finalised and agreed with our partners.

If the plans are successful, this space – known as Ikon Eastside – would open in 2013.
 

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Former Moseley Road tram depot to go under the hammer for £150,000
by Jasbir Authi, Birmingham Mail Sep 6 2012

FANCY owning a bit of history?

One of Birmingham’s former tram depots is going under the hammer.

The Grade II listed building in Moseley Road, Moseley, has a guide price of £150,000 – but the winning bidder will need deep pockets to restore it to its former glory.

Dating back to 1906, community leaders have repeatedly spoken of their concern at its precarious condition in recent years.


Former Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Mullaney was rapped for trespassing on the site as he produced a YouTube video highlighting its condition during his time on Birmingham City Council.

“I’m hoping that whoever takes it on will restore it to its former glory,” he said.

“It’s a gateway building into Moseley and looks an absolute eyesore.”

Details of the sale, to be held on September 13 at Villa Park, emerged after site owner Safdar Zaman was handed an ultimatum by the authority in February to improve the site or face legal action.

Worried councillors tried to visit his offices, only to find themselves locked out because he was on holiday.

They were forced to hold a meeting on the pavement outside instead.

Mr Zaman was also said to have failed to appear at a meeting to hear the results of his planning application for a large conservatory and other improvements.

And in 2008, planning officials were criticised for allowing the developer to flout conservation orders to gut the depot.

The planning committee heard he ripped up floors, undermined foundations and made unauthorised alterations.

No enforcement action was taken but officers drew up a recovery plan.

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