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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.

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