It would appear that yet more strides forward have been made in resurrecting plans for a new modern skyline for Birmingham city centre.
Major proposals to develop one of the remaining plots created by the demolition of the Masshouse Circus Interchange have recently experienced a number of reviews and are now set to incorporate a series of glass towers. Martineau Galleries, a new major entertainment complex proposed to regenerate the dilapidated Dale End area of the city centre, and close to the cities Eastside Scheme, has been a key part of Birmingham City Councils development strategy for years and is now being finalised before being submitted for planning permission.
We spoke to a source who described the project to us, revealing that preliminary designs for the site envisage the construction of a number of residential glass towers rising from 15 to 25 storeys complimenting the 17 storey office blocks and the 23 storey residential blocks either approved or under construction on the neighbouring Masshouse and City Park Gate schemes.
If plans are approved, this very small part of the city centre will be transformed into one of the cities most sought after locations with high quality offices, shops, entertainment facilities, hotels and apartments. As well as this, the area will act as an impressive and dense gateway to the cities new Eastside district with over 10 high-rise building planned for the area.
However, this development also has wider implications for the cities sky-scraping ambitions. As part of the Martineau Galleries proposals, development of a new cinema complex could also end up on the cards. This would take the number of cinema screens in the immediate city centre to over 30 and could well lead to the demise of the city centres oldest cinema; the New Street Odeon.
With this prime location hugging the cities soon to be redeveloped New Street Station, and the sites allocation as a prime location for high-rise development as documented in the city councils "High Places Document", this could potentially be a key site in the next stages of the councils high-rise plans.
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