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Citrus-Fruit Aug 16, 2006 1:38 PM

BIRMINGHAM - the update thread
Name: New Street Station
Use: Mixed - Station, Retail, Office, Residential.
Towers: Demolition (Stephenson Tower), Erection of TWO, 40 storey, 130m Towers in its place.
Cost: £500m
Start: 2008 (Phase1), 2011 (Phase2)
Completion: 2011 (Phase1), 2013 (Phase2)


Outline Planning Application Recived: 09/08/06 (9th August 2006)


West Elevation

South Elevation

East Elevation

Night Render From Bullring

Entrance Into Station

Citrus-Fruit Aug 16, 2006 2:46 PM

Birmingham Martineau Galleries - 33 & 25 Storeys (110 & 80m Tower)
Name: Martineau Galleries
Scheme: Transform 13.5 acres of prime city center land next to the world famous Selfridges and Bullring shopping complex/
Space: 2.9m sqft
Use: Mix - offices, residential and leisure space. 645,000 of lettable retail space, public squares and underground parking.
Cost: £550m ($1billion+)
Towers: Erection of a 33 and 25 storey residential complex to house 700 apartments.
Start: 2007
Finish: 2010

Citrus-Fruit Aug 16, 2006 3:10 PM

Birmingham Broad Street Tower - 40 Storeys (133m)
Name: Broad Street Tower
Cost: £100m
Floors: 40
Top Residential Height: 127.5m
Max Building Height: 133m
Developer: Richardon Cordwell
Use: Hotel, Residential (Includes helipad)
Start: Late 2006/Early 2007
Finish: 2008/09

Bergenser Aug 16, 2006 7:44 PM

cool project! :tup:

SimonTheSoundMan Aug 24, 2006 7:32 PM

It went forward for final planning today. I wonder how it went.

wjfox2004 Aug 24, 2006 7:48 PM

The top looks a bit yucky, but otherwise it's okay. Fairly decent height too.

Engels Sep 18, 2006 7:01 PM


Although 2x130m may not seem that tall to some international readers it's pretty big in terms of regional citys in the UK and will make a large addition to the Birmingham skyline. With the exception of London which has 200m+ towers and proposals at 300m all other UK city's buildings are less than 200m.

Birmingham has by some people's deffinition the best skyline in the UK due to its large number of talls situated at the top of the ridge of a hill which the city centre streches accross. A boom in post war deveopment saw Birmingham become one of the first old citys to modernise and have many tall buildings. By the end of the 1970s however most of the construction of tall buildings had ceased with only sporadic additions over the next 20-30 years.

Birmingham's tallest building remains the now 40year old BT Tower (156m communcations tower in the city centre). Many new towers are now being built and planned as British citys genearly enter a second age of high rise constuction.

Birmingham is at the forefront of this new boom with the recent construction of the Beetham tower (122m and currently second tallest building in the city) and Orion Building (90m). A lot more buildings are planned but if built first then these two buildings would become the 2nd and 3rd tallest in the city. Their central position on the skyline would no doubt also make them a focal point even with large buildings planned elsewhere in the city.

The central location of the proposals is part of the Birmingham gateway scheme to redevelop Birmingham's New St station a 1960s era station that is massively over capacity and such an eyesore that it is known as the Blackhole of Birmingham. The area around the station is one of the few remaining areas of central Birmingham to remain untouched by regeneration over the last 15 years.

SimonTheSoundMan Sep 18, 2006 7:45 PM

It still reminds me of a cheap cinema.

Citrus-Fruit Sep 29, 2006 12:53 PM

Just to let you know, it flew through Approval. Birmingham International Airport had no objections what so ever ;) ... let Brum's revival begin :)

Construction due Winter this year.

dizo1000 Sep 29, 2006 5:10 PM

great tower!:tup:

wjfox2004 Sep 29, 2006 5:28 PM

Great news for Birmingham.

Not the most amazing design, but in terms of height it's pretty awesome - only 17m short of being a skyscraper.

Rambaldi Sep 29, 2006 8:23 PM


Originally Posted by Citrus-Fruit
Just to let you know, it flew through Approval. Birmingham International Airport had no objections what so ever ;) ... let Brum's revival begin :)

Construction due Winter this year.

Really? That's great news man. When I was in Brum last time I was very impressed with the amount of high rise buildings there, all it needs is taller towers like this. :cheers:

Citrus-Fruit Sep 30, 2006 11:36 AM

Birmingham - New Space Age Design For 574ft Theme Park
Construction due middle 2007. New designs just been released on the front of Birmingham post. I shall post them later.

It could potentially have the highest restaurant in Europe. Its pure 175m of glass with a torquoise and minimilistic pink colour cladding, yet see through all the way to the top. The lifts will be placed on the outside of the tower so vistors will get a birdseye view of Birmingham and its skyline. The top is lit up and has a rather large plasma rolling screen roll around the top of the tower indicating the time and date. One ride is placed on top of the restaurant and is illuminated in normal lighting, This doesnt seem much but the effect it will have will be superb. Its a rotating cart ride which will give the indication of a halo on the tower.

Birmingham city council have worked with ROC International and SMC Hickton Medley have designed the £60m tower.

Citrus-Fruit Sep 30, 2006 11:41 AM

Thanks guys. Rambaldi there's a few more coming hopefully aswell :)

Citrus-Fruit Oct 2, 2006 4:08 PM

Here are a few renders. Ill give you bigger ones when they update the site. This is a fantastic addition the the ever gorwing Birmingham skyline.

Citrus-Fruit Oct 2, 2006 4:09 PM

As you can see. It will also have Europes tallest veritcal drop ride at over 500ft.

Citrus-Fruit Oct 2, 2006 4:11 PM

High life view of the future

These are the first stunning images of what will be the Midlands’ tallest building.

The proposed £60 million Pinnacle tower, standing 574 feet tall, will dominate Birmingham’s skyline, standing taller than the city’s BT tower. The project in Eastside will feature Britain’s first vertical theme park.Located next to Millennium Point, the Pinnacle is also likely to feature one of Europe’s highest restaurants. Bosses behind the scheme have said building work should start next year and take around three years.

It is hoped it will be officially opened in the run-up to Christmas 2010. The building is set to have six theme park rides as well as a glass lift offering panoramic views of the city. Rides at the tower may include a freefall parachute drop, bungee jump and a seesaw.

The building, to dwarf the city’s current tallest structure, the 498ft Birmingham BT Tower, by 76ft, has been designed by Birmingham and Telford based architects SMC Hickton Madeley.

Design director Tim Warner described it as an exciting project for everyone involved and said it would have a positive impact commercially for the city as well boosting the aesthetics of Birmingham’s skyline.

He said: “We are extremely excited about this project. It will represent the highest building in the Midlands and potentially the highest restaurant in Europe, giving scope and presence to the rejuvenation programme and public connections for Eastside and plans for the new park.

“The project is a clear responsibility and a challenging opportunity and the quality of our approach must be coherent on all levels and carry and comfort all the stakeholder associated and along the way.”

The new building will be clearly visible from surrounding motorways and other roads in the area.

Birmingham City Council regeneration boss Clive Dutton said: “This will dramatically improve the skyline of Birmingham. It has the makings of a project to add something special - a world-class skyline in a world-class city.”

The newly constructed Beetham Tower, at 400ft, is currently the city’s tallest residential building.

Citrus-Fruit Oct 8, 2006 1:43 PM

Birmingham, Snow Hill (2 towers) 25 & 40 storeys - 140m
Birmingham strikes again. Certainly will become one of Europes best skylines.

Ballymore is to develop a 180-bed Glen Howells Architects-designed hotel tower at its Snow Hill scheme in Birmingham. The 4 acre (1.6 ha) city centre scheme has outline planning consent. Snow Hill will have 600,000 sq ft (55,741 sq m) of offices, retail and restaurants and 300 flats. Cushman & Wakefield Hotels has been appointed to find a hotel operator.

jef Oct 8, 2006 4:23 PM

I think this is the site KPMG selected for its HQ. What building exactly, do you know?

AJW Oct 8, 2006 7:11 PM

Very nice.

Citrus-Fruit Oct 8, 2006 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by jef
I think this is the site KPMG selected for its HQ. What building exactly, do you know?

There is currently not a building there. its already been cleared.

clarky2005 Oct 9, 2006 3:41 PM

Nice looking tower for Birmingham:tup:

Accura Oct 10, 2006 7:24 PM

I'm not keen on this one, however, I'll reserve judgement until a better render is released.

Swede Oct 14, 2006 8:18 PM

Cool to see Birmingham getting all this new stuff. Internationaly, it is just too much in London's shadow to get the attention it deserves, quality towers like these and just a few replies...

Citrus-Fruit Nov 8, 2006 2:10 PM

Birmingham Construction
Site construction run through with pictures.

Citrus-Fruit Nov 8, 2006 2:17 PM

Birminghams huge new super hospital

A beautiful colourful mess

Citrus-Fruit Nov 12, 2006 1:02 PM

43 storey Snow Hill Tower (Construction July/August 2007)

Citrus-Fruit Nov 20, 2006 3:00 PM

The hotel developers behind Arena Central a 175m (50 storey) tower in Birmingham, Dandara have signed a deal with Birmingham City Council for a £21m, 2 acre site at Great Charles Street. A mixed use development with public square. Skyscraper! Skyscraper! Skyscraper!


Birminghams Natwest Tower, has also secured a sale. The current 80m office tower will be replaced by a highrise 200,000 sqft office tower which is described as "iconic"


Just keeps getting better and better in Brum.

Citrus-Fruit Nov 24, 2006 12:23 PM

£350 million Curzon Park Development
Birmingham's going to be full of cranes next year. Im not joking either. :P


Development Securities and Grainger Trust acquire 10-acre Birmingham site

Development Securities and Grainger Trust are pleased to announce that they have jointly acquired the 10-acre Curzon Park site in Birmingham from the Eastside Partnership for £33.5 million.

Development Securities and Grainger Trust will fund the acquisition and subsequent development jointly, with initial contributions from the two companies’ existing resources.

The proposed 1.4 million sq ft mixed use development, with a gross development value of over £350 million, will comprise approximately 800,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, 400,000 sq ft of residential accommodation, a 180-bed hotel and 30,000 sq ft of retail space. It is intended that the joint venture will obtain planning consent, deliver infrastructure works to the value of £12 million and develop the site in several phases. Development Securities will project manage the planning, infrastructure and commercial phases with Grainger project managing the residential component.

Located within Birmingham’s Eastside, the proposed high-quality mixed use development of offices, together with residential, retail and leisure elements, will support Birmingham City Council’s aspirations for the site. It is anticipated that outline planning consent for Curzon Park should be obtained by summer 2007 and that construction will start on site in late 2007/early 2008. The overall development programme is expected to take up to eight years.

Commenting on the acquisition, Julian Barwick, Joint Managing Director, Development Securities, said:
“We are delighted to have acquired this key 10-acre site in the centre of Britain’s second city in partnership with Grainger. We are also looking forward to working jointly alongside Birmingham City Council on our proposals, which will deliver outstanding benefits for the local community.”

Richard Exley, Director of Development at Grainger, said:
“This acquisition enables us to meet our shared aspirations for our joint venture; to deliver large-scale, mixed-use schemes in first-rate locations. We anticipate furthering our partnership with Development Securities on similar schemes in the future.”

Citrus-Fruit Dec 4, 2006 11:58 PM

OK. This image is from Ken Shuttleworths City Park Gate Scheme. Everything has doubled in size :D and the total area will be well over 1,000,000 sqft. Which means 4 (FOUR) 1,000,000+ projects including 2.8msqft MG will all be under construction together in the same place.

Put this into perspective. Thats the size of 5 Canada Squares in the center of Birmingham. These projects cover 80 acres of land. There is still over 320 left to develop and another $5,000,000,000 worth of investment in a project to grow Birmingham city center by 35%. A 176m Verticle theme park aswell as an 8 acre park are also at an advanced stage.

Citrus-Fruit Dec 5, 2006 12:03 AM

New website U/C for Worlds First Verticle Theme Park

Citrus-Fruit Jan 20, 2007 6:10 PM

Quite a bit of news to report but its probably best to do it next week ;)

Have these for now ... Taken by Smileyface (SSC) :)



City to City

Citrus-Fruit Feb 5, 2007 4:29 PM

Birminghams Snow Hill scheme is fulyl underway and will see all phases rise simultaneously including Birminghams tallest residential tower :banana:

Tower heights

57m, 75m, 84m and 137m

Citrus-Fruit Mar 20, 2007 9:02 AM

France calls us the Shanghai of Europe, yet nobody's interested. :yuck: Ahwell.

*Abstract land have aquired the Natwest Tower and rumours are of a 100m replacement.

*Venture east a new 1m sqft scheme in the eastside is in masterplaning. will accomodate 600,000 sqft of offices one 5 star hotel TOWER and a 3/4 star 180 bedroom hotel aswelll as 400 residential units.

*V Tower has been released at 51 storeys.

*Eric Kuhne will design a residential tower at Great Charles street site. Close to Birminghams Snow Hill Towers.


Citrus-Fruit Apr 4, 2007 12:43 PM

OK there's tons to catch up on but its going to take quite a while.

A couple of 18 storey student accomodation towers are planned for Aston University.

17 storey mixed use scheme is planned close to Holloway Circus.

and some more good news on the banking front.

Belgian bank ups its stake in Brum Apr 4 2007

One of Belgium's largest banks has announced a push into Birmingham.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 6, 2007 12:06 PM

*105m, 81m, 61m, and 58m Office blocks are planned for Masshouse.

*Other blocks in scheme include 2 x 14 storeys (51m) - U/C.

*Arena Central - 7 blocks ranging from 12-18 floors and 51 storey V Tower.

*43 Storey Snow Hill residential including 23 storey hotel tower. 4 blocks currently u/c at 137m, 84m, 75m and 57m.

*Cube - 17 storey (69m) mixed use development currently on site.

*Orion phase 4 - 18 storeys U/C.

*Opal Court topped out - 18 storeys.

*Peat House 14 storeys (59m) U/C

*Colmore Plaza 14 storeys (60m) U/C

*42 storey Broad Street Tower approved. Construction late 07 early 08.
*176m Vertical Theme Park - proposed. planning summer 07.

*Venture East - possible 24 storey hotel tower. Planning summer 07.

*Great Charles Street. Eric Kuhne/Dandara possible 80m residential tower. planning.

*City Park Gate - 22 storeys 83m residential tower approved.

*Natwest Tower replacement. 80m+ British Land - planning, spring 07.

*Cumberland House - Complete demolishment of exisiting structure. Mixed use development. (60m)

*New Street Station - outline approval for twin 40 storey towers depending on funding.

*33 storey 110m Martineau Galleries redevlopment - outline approval.

*Possible 17 storey mixed use development Holloway Circus. Detailed planning. Submition summer 07.

*2x 18 storey student accomodation blocks Aston University. Planning summer 07.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 6, 2007 12:13 PM

Towers over 100m (Possible, approved, proposed, u/c or built)

176m VTP
159m BT Tower (originally 152m)
152m V Tower
137m Snow Hill 1
133m BST
130m New Street 1
130m New Street 2
122m HCT
110m Martineau Galleries
101m Masshosue Office
100m Alpha Tower
100m Joseph Chamberlain Clock Tower
100m+ (Auchinleck House, Paradise Circus 1, 2 maybe even 3)

Citrus-Fruit Apr 11, 2007 9:09 PM

You can find the old designs for Birminghams 245m - 60 storey Arena Central Tower here. Unfortunately its been cut down significantly, design completely changed and will stand at just over 146m and 50 storeys tall.

Its under "Portfolio" - "Mixed Use"

Citrus-Fruit Apr 11, 2007 9:12 PM

Calthorpe clinches Hagley Road project Apr 11 2007

Calthorpe Estates has landed detailed planning permission for a £4.5 million scheme to regenerate one of Birmingham’s key gateways, Hagley Road.

The plans involve the creation of a 62 bedroom Premier Travel Inn and a 6,000 sq ft Beefeater restaurant on the Calthorpe Estate, Edgbaston. The hotel and restaurant are being developed by Whitbread on the site of the former Duck Inn, next door to TGI Fridays, and are expected to generate around 70 new jobs.

Multibuild have been appointed construction contractor and start on site is anticipated in May, with completion due in January 2008.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 11, 2007 9:19 PM

Orion Phase 4 - Minimal Height Increase
More good news.

Amendment to App. C/05353/02/FUL comprising internal alterations to floors 10-19 of proposed tower to provide 29 additional flats; increase in height of central tower fronting Suffolk Street by one storey; increase in height of end tower fronting Suffolk Street by four storeys

Now its difficult to say where the extra floors will go but the 1 extra floor obviously go's on the middle block and im pretty sure the 4 other floors go on top of the tallest tower on this image to the left hand side to take it up to 19 storeys from its original 15.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 11, 2007 9:33 PM

Anywho, its already up to the 4th floor so it'll have to be passed pretty sharpish.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 11, 2007 9:40 PM

External work is almost complete on every Brummies favourite building the 81m, 22 storey Rotunda.

Its being turned into luxury apartments.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 12, 2007 10:16 AM

Not really construction news but important none the less.


Editor calls for new digital hub to be based in Birmingham

The editor of the Birmingham Post is calling for a planned digital service to rival the BBC to be based in the city.

Marc Reeves said that the city was well placed to host the Public Service Publisher announced by regulator Ofcom in January.

His comments came ahead of a Birmingham Post business breakfast meeting with Philip Graf, deputy chairman of Ofcom, today.

He said: "Birmingham is an ideal location for this because of the growing number of software houses, television production companies and other creative organisations that are thriving in the city. It also benefits from its proximity to London.

"The new PSP is going to be a very organic and loose collection of creative businesses and individuals producing content on digital platforms."

Bergenser Apr 12, 2007 2:41 PM

I like this one! :tup:

Citrus-Fruit Apr 13, 2007 2:29 PM

Yeh, they seem to be everyones favourites. Smaller of the two will house Birminghams first 5* hotel although it wont be the only one as another is planned at Venture East.

Scheme in height ranges from 57m, 75m, 84m and then 137m.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 13, 2007 2:39 PM

For some reason I havent posted this. Probably because it comes as a bit of a dissapointment.

The V Building

Being developed by Dandara, with a design team led by world class architect Eric Kuhne, ‘The V Building’ has been heralded as one of Birmingham’s most ambitious development projects. At 50 storeys high and measuring 150 metres, it will transform the Birmingham skyline.

The building will feature active uses at street level, including several bars and fine dining restaurants, as well as a Sky Bar and Observatory located at the top of the tower. The proposed 712 private residential apartments, comprising studios and one, two and three-bedroom designs, together with 60 serviced suites, will also be served by a spa, resident’s library and private reception rooms, including an exclusive club room.

Citrus-Fruit Apr 14, 2007 7:16 PM

Erebus if you read this, Orion phase 4, im pretty certain has grown from 15 to 19 storeys.

In relation to ...


Originally Posted by S.R
Going up then!

I think I read on "another forum" that they had increased the height slighty, well according to Simlim, anyway..


Originally Posted by Erebus
Yeh, they've submitted a planning application for the addition of one extra floor

P.S Stephen I guess you visit here. Just like to inform you those pics are great. :cheers:

van heckler 1 Apr 15, 2007 12:55 PM

Hello Sim :banaride:

Are you ever gonna come back home?
And even though your usernames different on here, I'm still going to call you Sim. :yes:


Originally Posted by Citrus-Fruit (Post 2767638)
Erebus if you read this, Orion phase 4, im pretty certain has grown from 15 to 19 storeys.

So if it's estimated at 50m then...

50m / 15 floors = 3.3m per floor

3.3m x 4 new floors = 13m

13m + 50m = 63m

Is that right?

Also there's some pretty disturbing smilies on this forum such as...

:babyeat: + :upload_71700: + :borg:

Citrus-Fruit Apr 15, 2007 2:54 PM

Hi Van. Nice to hear from you! I've tried e-mailing James (Gothicform) as I wanted to post something a week or so back as it was said if I wanted to rejoin I could its just my e-mail address is still on the system which means I havent technically been deleted and therefore cant re-register. Its more difficult then I thought to stay away, there's so many things that you want to answer then realise you cant lol.

Anywho. On Orion - Im pretty sure (not 100%) that Orion 2 as we know it has been bumped up by 4 storeys on its tallest end as it was originally 15 storeys and the new application clearly states it is to be 19 from now, which would take it well over the 60m mark, which is a good height.

And on the smilies. I havent noticed them till now. :haha:

You looking forward to the Cumberland house redevlopment? :notacrook:

Citrus-Fruit Apr 15, 2007 2:56 PM

Also, you might want to inform Bio or Erebus that the new Post & Mail office plans (6 storey) are on the planning apps.

Nothing exciting but its the new HQ for our leading papers so might be worth a post.

Unless you want to post them? :cheers:

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