Beating heart to global city ambitions

It's been quite a week for Birmingham, particularly building on it's slogan of 'a global city with a local heart' with the MIPIM real estate and property summit in Cannes starting a week of announcements which have seen Birmingham strive to come out the end of the recession even stronger. Birmingham kickstarted the summit and attention with the announcement of Regal Tower, Regal Tower to crown Birmingham's Broad Street, a £125 million Aedas designed tower for Broad Street.

The announcement also gave an opportunity to highlight the Beorma Quarter plans, a planning application for which was recently submitted, 107m Digbeth Tower for the home of the people of Beorma.

Meanwhile MIPIM allowed support services company Amey to make an announcement that Birmingham will be home to a 70,000 sq ft International Design Hub for itself. The hub will house the 250 staff located in the city and aims to create upto 500 jobs over the next two to three years.

The Hub will provide infrastructure design services for central and local government in the UK and for clients around the world.

"Birmingham is a city with a real focus on development and a history of engineering excellence and we have been working closely with the City Council to finalise our plans".

Birmingham City Council added to the news by revealing it will announce the much anticipated designs for the new Library of Birmingham on the 2nd April. It also sought to capitalise on the prospective investors at MIPIM by announcing it will launch it's second phase of it's Area Investment Prospectuses on the 26th March.

The Area Investment Prospectuses are a shop window with opportunities galore for developers and a wide range and size of projects that we want you to take on – and soon.

All this news sits alongside the recent tender to demolish part of the car park above New Street Station, Deconstructing starts Birmingham New Street redevelopment, which marks the first moves in the eagerly awaited redevelopment of New Street Station and a recent planning application to commence demolition linked to the approved planning application for Typhoo Wharf, a mixed use scheme in Digbeth on Bordesley Street. Indicative images of the Typhoo Wharf scheme are shown below.

Demolition works associated with C/00261/05/FUL

C/00261/05/FUL - Conversion and new build to form a mixed-use development of residential (Use Class C3) (353 flats including 231 one-bed and 122 two-bed), commercial (Use Classes A1 - A5) (522 sqm) and gym (Use Class D2) (260 sqm gross) with 188 parking spaces. Phase 1 of Typhoo development master plan.


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