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For anyone who knows Birmingham university. There is a large dome with two smaller domes on one side and one on the other on the Aston Webb building. This is rumour and I guess depends on how they finance it but the current VC wants to leave a legacy; It seems his legacy would be the missing dome to make two domes on each side.

Would be interesting if it happened but depends on money (I dont know if university would justify such grand expense using their money) and whether the VC might find another legacy.

certainly a bit of a vanity project although if done in same brick and as faithfully built as possible would make the building even more impressive.
 

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Right, despite floggings insistance the V Tower has gone in for planning app I looked at the planning apps, updated 18th and all I can see so far of anything exciting is:

lication number
C/03619/07/ADV

Date application received
13/06/2007

Date application registered
13/06/2007

Date application decided


Location
4 Bartholomew Row, Curzon House, Birmingham, B5 5JX

Proposal
Display of temporary mesh advertising cover to building prior to and during demolition

Status
Under consideration

Consultation details
Consultations Help

Start date
13/06/2007

End date
09/07/2007



the only thing I could see going on as of today is:
Application number
S/02751/07/FUL

Date application received
08/05/2007

Date application registered
18/06/2007

Date application decided


Location
335 Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7RY

Proposal
Erection of single storey side and rear extension

Status
Under consideration

Consultation details
Consultations Help

Start date
18/06/2007

End date
03/07/2007
 

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Has anyone spotted this before?

http://www.omegasektor.com/home.html

Looks like they are taking up the old Virgin Megastores store. So not sure how long they have if its part of the Martineau Galleries spot.

It is being described as the World's first cyber theme park and also the world's largest gaming centre. Apparently due to open Summer 07.

also,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNx9VmcrrcM
 

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Because I'm bored, tired and very ill right now, I'm going to do the same to you lot and bore you with unnecessary local history. :sleepy:

Scala House stands on the site of Scala Cinema. It was opened on 4 March 1914 and in its earlier days was famous for its 12-piece orchestra. On 4 June 1960, the 859-seat cinema closed and was demolished to make way for the new ring road. A new Scala Cinema was built on the same site.
I might need to ask you to find out but im sure Centre City tower had to have a small theatre or cinema when it was built to replace one that was lost. Would that be related?
 

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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.
What a waste of peoples emotions then announcing the £556m pound propoposed plan. We all get excited and in all honesty wont hear anything for some time, and probably until the Mail has an attempt at journalism to report the story.

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Although the region often has a very hot national temperature it is infact much cooler than it should be for a conurbation in the centre of a land mass. The reason is all the trees which help to lower temperature.

More than that Floggy about withstanding the weather crudely. Its about buildings fit for purpose and being able to expand and contract materials wise in hot and cold.

The heating of cities will get worse as office A finds it hot and sticks in air conditioning which warms up the area and so office B does the same and before long everyone has cooled their offices but heated up the surrounding environment.

I think it is crucial for planners and designers and architects to think on the reality of their buildings and impact on local weather systems. They do it with towers and wind surveys and sun/shade survey and potential flooding problems.

The impact of hot and cold going to be particularly bad for cities and London here is prime example built on clay. Cracks and subsidence going to become substantially worse.

Plus rising water table levels and its all quite a headache.
 

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You need to go to the HTML page and then follow the link for free user and then choose which server, enter a code and choose download.

Not just a right click and download page.

p.s. anyone going to the Town Hall tonight. If so and you are allowed to could you get some pictures.

Ive booked my tunnel tour for sunday. Im very excited.
 

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Its cool reading the article, because we already have a forbidden planet store they were allowed to keep their name and also they have quite an independent store ideal still despite being part of the chain.

The Hotel plan on constitution hill has a planning committee report online now:
http://80.86.36.120/vault/XDDocStor...port 90-104 Constitution Hill C0200607FUL.pdf

Also a document going into planning committee document on additions to the Locally Listed building list. Quite a few in Digbeth and one in Northfield and Sutton Coldfield.
http://80.86.36.120/vault/XDDocStore_7/0219103_APPENDIX Proposed Addition Listing.pdf

also:

Second plan submitted for student flats
Jun 20 2007

By Joanna Geary, Business Staff


Student accommodation provider Unite is to resubmit plans for a £30 million development in Selly Oak within the next few days.

UK property director Tim Mitchell said new proposals for the joint project with Cala Homes would be submitted to planners "imminently".

The scheme, at the former bus depot on Elliott Road, was rejected by the council last year on grounds that it would be "to the detriment of the character and appearance of the area".

But Mr Mitchell, who was visiting Unite's properties in Birmingham, said he was confident the new proposals for the 330-bed student accommodation would satisfy the council.

He said: "It has been a challenging site, but we have had a hugely enjoyable planning process and worked very closely with the city council's planning team.

http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk...objectid=19327351&siteid=50002-name_page.html

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Battle for supermarket custom hots upJun 20 2007
Jun 20 2007

STORE wars are set to break out in Birmingham after supermarket giant Asda revealed it is targeting sites in the south of the city - including Longbridge.

The American-owned giant is eyeing up options as it looks to compete with rivals already established in the area - and the famous former car factory is on its radar.

The company currently owns 11 supermarkets to the north of the city centre, four of them within Birmingham, employing more than 3,545 people.

Sainsbury's is currently the dominant supermarket in south Birmingham with seven major stores including flagship outlets in Maypole and Northfield.


Morrisons is the second largest retailer with four stores at Rubery, Small Heath and two in Solihull.


Tesco has supermarkets in Sheldon and Quinton while Midlands Co-op has a super-store in Stirchley.


If Asda muscles into Long-bridge, development experts hope the high-profile name would help kick-start the rise from the ashes of the former car factory.


A new era for the world-famous industrial site has already begun with the launch of The Innovation Centre, part of the first phase of the 40-acre Longbridge technology park developed by Quinton-based St Modwen Properties in partner-ship with Advantage West Midlands.


The technology park marks the first of a range of major new developments planned by St Modwen for the 340-acre former car works site, with hopes for up to 10,000 jobs on completion of the mixed-use plans.


An Asda spokeswoman said: "Asda is currently examining whether south Birmingham is under-represented in terms of food retail provision and what


opportunities there may be in that area to work alongside and enhance the existing retail offer."


The news emerged as Asda announced that it is the first major retailer to become a patron of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.


The company, which is owned by American Wal-Mart, said the decision was aimed at emphasising its "commitment to the city".


"As a patron member, Asda is looking forward to working with the Birmingham chamber."


"The chamber's mission to build a better and brighter Birmingham is one which Asda embraces. Our existing store network is already actively involved in the region and we will look at how we can bring further benefit Birmingham."

http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk...objectid=19326543&siteid=50002-name_page.html
 

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Nurton Developments has submitted futuristic plans for the final phase of a £25m redevelopment scheme within the core business area of Birmingham city centre.
The company purchased Priory & Cannon House – which have a combined floorplate of approx 45,000 sq ft – in 2004, and earlier this year launched phase 1 of the redevelopment programme with a £2.5m makeover of Cannon House.
Now, architects are initiating design proposals for phase II of redevelopment, to transform Priory House. Proposed plans for the property will include futuristic glazed from projecting from the new facade, 40,000 sq ft of penthouse office accommodation, and improved basement parking.
They're a bit slow with news, the planning app went in at least two months ago as I posted it on an earlier thread.

On the new rail franchise. What impact does this have on National Express. Did national express not want to run rail as well as coaches and buses.
 

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Happy Birthday too MSP :)

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on some news...

Maverick surrenders its independent status
Jun 22 2007
By Joanna Geary, Business Staff
Birmingham production firm Maverick Television has been acquired by one of the UK's fastest-growing groups of independent production companies.http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk...objectid=19340207&siteid=50002-name_page.html

Jessops to close Midland stores
Jun 22 2007

Loss-making camera retailer Jessops is to shut two flagship stores in the West Midlands as part of a rescue plan unveiled yesterday.

Outlets in the Bullring in Birmingham and the Touchwood Centre in Solihull are among nine in the West Midlands to be axed.

Others are a second branch in Birmingham city centre, two in Wolverhampton and one each in West Bromwich, Leamington, Worcester and Coventry.

Stores in Temple Row and Northfield in Birmingham remain open along with those in centres such as Lichfield, Cannock, Walsall and Stafford.
http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk...objectid=19335675&siteid=50002-name_page.html
 

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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:
Yeah but they have unfair advantage of being near sea anyway and having glorious docks.
 

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Well, im not sure if im flattered or not about the comments on my photo.
At least it arouses ;) interest.

I went on the tour of the Royal Mail tunnel from Mailbox to New Street. Was very atmospheric. My camera couldnt compete with 28 days later crew.

They have some cool photos of the tunnel.

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=15750&page=1
 

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City won't go easy on smoking fines
Jun 25 2007

By David Bell, Birmingham Mail

THE boss of the city's smoking "police" today warned Birmingham's pubs and clubs to prepare for a zero tolerance crackdown.

Other councils in the country are adopting a "softly softly" approach when the law banning smoking in public places comes into effect on July 1.

Local authority guidelines advise that anybody found lighting up and breaking the law should be warned for a first offence and have their name and address taken.

Only if they are nabbed again should a fixed penalty £50 fine be issued.


But Birmingham will be one of the few ignoring the national guidelines and dishing out fines from day one.


Coun Neil Eustace, chairman of the city council's public protection committee chairman said an easygoing approach would be impossible to operate in Birmingham.


"For a small market town it might be suitable," he explained. "But if somebody takes your name for breaking the smoking law in a city the size of Birmingham, what's the chance of bumping into them again?


"We would have hundreds of names going on to the computer and being recorded. It would be impossible - the thing would be unworkable."


Coun Eustace is confident that smokers will abide by the law rather than risk a £50 fine. I think people will go along with the new law and accept it.


"And there is a positive side because it is being seen by many people as an incentive and opportunity to give up smoking for good.


"People will not only be healthier, but save themselves an awful lot of money in the process."
 

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This is so strange, after Central and Pebble Mill closed, the media now want studio space again:nuts:
Not really. When you look at what TV channels and producers doing to attract audiences.

Somewhere between Cardiff and Swansea is the studios for Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures.

A versatile space too could be used for variety of things.
Longbridge would be good as near BBC media village at the university and close to M5 transport link.
 

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If its the pic from earlier its one of the approach tunnels for trains into New Street. Its the tunnel from Five Ways train station. As it goes into new street there are a couple of bits where it can be seen from surface and thats one of them.
 

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Actually, I found out what St George House is.

It is Gallan Group's HQ. This is what it looks like:


Still not pretty so it'll be interesting to see what we get from that.
Isn't it also NCP car parks offices. when you go past on ground floor there is NCP sign.
 
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