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Apologies if someone's done this allready, but I can't find it...

£550m plan to transform city Dec 12 2005




By Mail Reporter


SEVEN thousand jobs are set to be created by the construction of Martineau Galleries in the next phase of the regeneration of Birmingham city centre.

The Birmingham Alliance, the joint venture organisation responsible for the hugely successful Bullring shopping centre, is submitting its long-awaited outline planning application for the £550 million scheme to city planners.

If approved, the scheme will become a catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the east side of the city, transforming a 13.5-acre site between Corporation Street, Masshouse, High Street, Moor Street Queensway and the Priory Queensway.

Martineau Galleries is expected to create as many as 2,000 construction jobs, plus another 5,000 jobs in the scheme itself. It is expected to be completed by 2011.

The Birmingham Alliance, which comprises Hammerson, Henderson Global Investors and Land Securities Group, says the scheme will include a mix of offices, residential and leisure space.


There will be up to 645,600 sq ft of lettable retail space together with underground car parking. It will be landscaped to include airy, open streets and squares and benefit from public spaces and public art.


Bob de Barr, development director for the Birmingham Alliance, said: "Our planning application is being submitted just weeks after Birmingham received the European City of the Future Award.


"We believe that our plans for Martineau Galleries endorse that award and are a natural next step for the ongoing regeneration of this visionary city."


When finished, Martineau Galleries will help complete the redevelopment of the east side of Birmingham city centre.
 

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For those of you who haven't seen a copy of the post there are in fact two renderings. One is a street level colour sketch taken looking toward McDonalds from High Street although McDonalds has been demolished in the pciture and is replaced by an eighties looking rather angular shopping centre.

The second image shows a smaller balck & white sketch aerial view. This shows two stepped towers with sloping tops. Sort of like slicing through both Sentinals to create a single slope. I don't think we are looking at a skyscraper instead it looks a little shorter than the Rotunda which is also in the sketch.

The site is broken into a series of city blocks, which is an improvement but overall the renderings are disapointing not least because they don't give much of an overall impression of the quality of design to expect.
 

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pirlo_21 said:
i've got a sacnner and can get the picture for you guys this evening??? is it todays post or yesterdays, as i need to take it from the library
Yay, the crowds are clamouring for it. Its in yesterdays i.e. Mondays isnt it???
 

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i like it!!!, hopefully it wonty look cheap like the shopping centres in the centre of coventry

i was hopeing taht ugly building with the brown things on it , would go as well

A SUBMISSION FOR UTLINE PLANNING OF THE SCHEME HAS BEEN RECIEVED BY THE COUNCIL!!!

could explain what this means excatly
 

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Thanks for the images and the photos.An area that really needs a change.I remember the renderings and plans from a few years ago;the latest plans look a lot better.
 

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I like, Ill have to see some more advanced renders but it looks healthy. a few more healthy towers, they look roughly 80m and 60m respectively.

So now we have ...

City Park Gate Tower 1 = 100m
City Park Gate Tower 2 = 60m
Martineau Galleries Tower 1 = 80m
Martineau Galleries Tower 2 = 60m
Mclaren Building = 70m
Masshouse Res 1 = 50m
Masshouse Res 2 = 60m
Masshouse Offices = 50-75m x 5
Rotunda = 80m

Theres 13 tower/blocks here in a small area, that we could see being refurbished and U/C during 2006. quite something
 

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Doesn't the existing Priory Sq shopping centre look so out of place now. It's so low rise (1or2 stories) looks like a town centre shopping centre not something you would expect in a major european city. Can't stand the place.

Does anybody know any history of Priory Sq, when built etc?

Sad loss of Toys R Us. Many great memories of dragging my mum in there when i was a kid. Awful building though.

What's happening bout the Carling Academy? Best live music venue in Brum.
 

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Priory Sq shopping centre look so out of place now. It's so low rise (1or2 stories) looks like a town centre shopping centre not something you would expect in a major european city. Can't stand the place.
Looks like Bagdad, Teheran, nothing to do in a world class European City
 
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