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Tuesday22 August 2017

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£150m Birmingham development by Trevor Horne wins planning

Trevor Horne Architects' £150 million mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre, neighbouring Future Systems' Selfridges
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Birmingham’s regeneration has been boosted after Trevor Horne Architects won planning approval for a £150 million mixed-use development in the heart of the city centre.

The project is backed by Kuwaiti-based Salhia Investments, the first UK scheme it has directly funded.

The centrepiece of the 60,000sq m project, beside the Bullring, is a striking “staggered” 27-storey tower block.

The project also includes two other new blocks, and the refurbishment several period buildings will be refurbished. The cluster of buildings will be set around a new public square, to be named Orwell Place.

The centrepiece of the 60,000sq m project, beside the Bullring, is a striking “staggered” 27-storey tower block.
The centrepiece of the 60,000sq m project, beside the Bullring, is a striking “staggered” 27-storey tower block.

Last month Dutch architect Mecanoo revealed its design for a £193 million new library for Birmingham, part of the Big City Plan, a £20 billion public spending boom aimed at helping the city buck the recession.

Abdulaziz Alnafisi, board member and investment group head of Salhia Investments, said: “Beorma Quarter has been designed to respond to the initial thoughts raised in the Big City Plan.

“This is an incredibly ambitious city centre masterplan, and as a foreign investor, it made it clear to us which direction Birmingham is heading, making the decision to invest an easy one.”

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  • The 'centrepiece' of this development is totally insensitive to its surroundings, and sits very uneasily with the 2-3 storey Victorian brick buildings surround it. It is a tragedy that the council is so keen to attract a short term boost to the economy that it will green light a project this horrific (in scale, brutish proportions, and bland facade detail), and reduce what remains of Digbeth as a historic place of interest and replace it with a building that reminds you of nowhere and everywhere. The new square, inescapably corporate, undoubtedly heavily CCTV'd, will be called Orwell Place. Roll. In. Grave.

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  • Picture of the Day - is that a joke? Oooh a low creamy bit, a curvy metallic bit, a tall glass bit and we keep the old pointy bit. Ah, British masterplanning and architecture at its worst. "Staggered", er yes I am.

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  • Agree wholeheartedly with the comments above. A disastrous decision that smacks of petty small time local politicians trying to leave their mark on a city already scarred by 40 years of planning mistakes.

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