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No Wiggleys allowed! - Seems the £30m mixed use scheme at Holloway Head is picking up momentum. Still adament its going to rival beetham and Cube and continue to mention the word "tower" :nuts:
 

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BT Tower cant stay forever especially with the amount of highrises going up in close proximity! think it will be a few years yet until anything is proposed.
 

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The amount of stuff they have hidden away in the library they need to build a whole new museum. Not kidding but it would rival anything in the world, well in my oppinion anyway as far as writings and paitings go!
 

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Is the Midlands the worst affected area in the UK for weather.

Just no stopping us - Tornado's, flash floods, heavy snowfall ... all we need now is a tropical storm.

Flash floods 'worst in a decade'

A clear-up operation is set to begin after heavy rain caused flash-flooding chaos that left people trapped in cars and their homes.
Hereford and Worcester Fire Service took 300 calls in just a few hours.

At Hampton Loade in Shropshire, rain washed away the main village road, leaving people trapped in their homes.

Householder Godfrey Churchill said: "A huge section of road has gone. One van is buried in rubble. It'll take weeks to repair the road and we're stuck."

"It was the most amazing speed of flooding that we've had since the great Easter flood of 1999," a fire spokesman said.

Marooned

He said the worst-affected area was in north-west Worcestershire, where several people had to be rescued.

Motorists were left stranded in their cars, in the Tenbury Wells area, and rising waters trapped mobile homeowners on a caravan site in Far Forest.

A coastguard helicopter, from Raf Kinloss was called in after the owner of a mill in Astley, near Stourport-on-Severn, became marooned when a brook was transformed into fast-moving water.

However, the waters receded before the helicopter arrived, and firefighters were able to reach the man and his dog to help them to safety.

"We also had to rescue a 92-year-old man and his 13-year-old grand-daughter from a cottage in the grounds of nearby Witley Court, because of rising floodwaters," said the fire spokesman.

"Fortunately the helicopter was not needed for any rescues, but it did do a search of the area."



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The surroundign rivers also have a part to play as do the the numerous hill ranges that condense the heat futher. You see it on the news, pershore/worcester/birmingham hottest place - worst affected snow areas - flash floods - and of course our claim to be the tornado alley of the UK!
 

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Roads, bridges have been swept away, a tornado if you didnt know damaged hundreds of houses - quite a bit considering architecture is built to withstand the WEATHER!
 

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Maybe its us that should copy Manchester though. If you copy you can make yours bigger and better. You wait till you see Bristols beach! :drool:
 

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Well this thread has gone of the rails again.

Some pretty major news if anyones actuallyactually gives a shit around here :sleepy:

I'll bullet point it for you all so its easier to understand.

* Targetflow is due to buy a prime development site close to Baskerville House

* Its in talks with UCE to buy the 1.3 acre site which houses student halls.

*Sale price is £10m

*University will take 1 year lease back from Targetflow to continue to occupy the 247 bedroom block (Cambrian Wharf).

* It will then vacte so that redevelopment can begin.

* Targetflow brought and refurbished Baskerville House.

* Is in discussions with BCC over proposals for the site which is covered by the West End Regeneration Framework

* The area forms a link between the traditional office core around Colmore Row and the convention district around Centenary Square and obviously Brindley Place.

* After demolition of the student block, the site could house a mixed-use scheme that could be part of a larger scheme envisioned by the council on neighbouring land

* Targetflow has held talks with residential developer Crosby Lend Lease but there are no frim plans yet on the exact amount of residential, offices, retail and leisure space there will be in the scheme.

* College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies tried to buy the site for £9.8m but was declined in favour of Targetflows £10m+

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Hey, thanks for those! Considering Smiley is'nt banging out his fantastic skyline shots these are a healthy reminder of why we can still be happy that we have the best skyline in the UK outside the beast down south. :)
 

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£200m Belfry hotel plan unveiled

£200m Belfry hotel plan unveiled Jun 25 2007
By Jon Griffin, Birmingham Mail






THE Belfry is to undergo a huge £200 million revamp to create the Midlands' only five-star hotel and provide a "world-class" boost to its golf facilities.

The biggest redevelopment of the world-famous site - near Sutton Coldfield - in its 50-year plus history was unveiled today by Belfry owners The Quinn Group.

A brand new Belfry hotel will be built behind the current building while other plans include a new PGA national headquarters, a training academy and a 21st century clubhouse near the 18th hole.

The five-year scheme marks the biggest single investment in a leisure project in the Midlands for many years, according to the Quinn Group. Nigel Gray, general manager of the Belfry, said: "These proposals for the Belfry mark a major step forward in our aim of providing customers with a world class experience.


"These plans to create the only five star hotel in the Midlands offer an opportunity to develop a new hotel that provides start of the art facilities, whilst retaining the charm our customers associate with the ivy clad facade of the hotel.


"This is one of the biggest single investments in leisure in the West Midlands for many, many years. This will be a world class hotel, setting new standards for the region.


"We would hope that it will give a huge boost to tourism in the region and reinvigorate what is a well established Midland icon.


"The building programme will enable the existing hotel to continue operating. The new hotel will be built behind the existing hotel."


The Quinn Group has not revealed the total cost of the scheme but industry experts say around £200 million is being allocated for a five-year project due for completion by 2012.


A planning application will go to North Warwickshire Borough Council by the end of July and an intensive consultation programme will be launched with residents.


The Belfry - the only venue in the world to host the Ryder Cup four times - was bought by the Ireland-based Quinn Group in February 2005 in a £186 million deal.


The deal triggered speculation that the Ryder Cup could return to the complex after its contract deals with other venues expire in 2020.
 

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I think it's good business sense to overlook the 5* hotel at Snow Hill. We could have several hotel chains all vying to build the first 5* hotel in the region - just as long as they keep thinking they're going to be the first they'll keep queuing up. :naughty:

I like the look of the development. Is that the new hotel in the foreground of the image? (come on, someone on here must be wealthy enough to play at the Belfry)
The new hotel is at the back with the huge glass atrium.
 

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Nothing gained :banana:

Unlucky F&N just remember. The construction buisness is booming and will always have work. Just keep plugging away and your get something!
 
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