Full confidence in new builds

The Birmingham Post has reported on planning approval being given for the new Birmingham Magistrates' Court and the new 10 storey 55 Temple Row building replacing the former Bank of England building; Birmingham shows confidence in new builds.

The new Magistrates' Court, reported on here previously, New Magistrates' Court for Birmingham and Picturing the new Birmingham Magistrates' Court, was approved enthusiastically with the planning committee lavishing praise on the design as the 'best modern design to come before the Planning Committee in decades'.

Award-winning Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall’s sculptured shape faced in aluminium panels with “glazed box-shaped projections” was described by committee chairman Peter Douglas Osborn as being of the highest possible quality.

The approval of the 55 Temple Row development meanwhile, replacing the former Bank of England building built 38 years ago, has not been without it's detractors with conservationists criticising it's overshadowing of nearby St Philips's Cathedral and English Heritage criticising the loss of the current former bank building as an example of Birmingham's fast disappearing 20th century architecture.

The development though represents movement in Birmingham's office developments and another opportunity to trump up Birmingham's outlook for building it's way out of the current financial slump. The development is being financed by Henderson Global Investors with work due to begin in the first quarter of 2010.


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