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Knickerbocker Glory For Birmingham

Birminghams 6 billion Eastside scheme could become the home of the cities tallest tower and a UK first if plans released this week gain approval from the city council.

The first vertical theme park ever planned in the UK, the Birmingham Pinnacle as it will be know will stand at 175m and is hoped to become one of the cities most popular tourist attractions.

Located on a 1.5 acre plot next to the cities Millennium point, the Pinnacle will be located on the edge of the city centre at the heart of the cities new Eastside development and will over amazing panoramic views of the cities ever growing skyline.

Whilst enjoying these as of yet unseen views of the city, visitors will be able to enjoy a number of white-knuckle rides, including a parachute drop off the edge of the tower and a an external flight trainer, relax in a brand new restaurant or just view the cities skyline in a brand new viewing gallery.

At the base of the tower, there will be 5,000 square metres of commercial development wrapped around a courtyard which will accommodate restaurants, coffee shops, a food-hall, bars, leisure and fitness facilities, family entertainment centres and small to medium sized retail units.

As well as this, the designers of the 60million tower have also planned the tower to allow for new rides and attraction to be added at a later date to ensure that the attraction remains competitive and maintains visitor levels. However, the pinnacles owners have forecast the attraction could receive in excess of 1million visitors in its first 12 months.

However, it is hoped that visitors to the city will not only have to enter the tower site to enjoy this new attraction. At night, the tower will be illuminated by a laser display and will be seen from miles around providing an attractive entrance to the city centre.

ROC International Tower, the company behind the proposal state they are in the advance stages of the scheme and have also been in talks with Birmingham City Council over the last 12 months. Councillor Ken Hardeman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Birmingham City Council, added his support for the proposal last week by commenting: "An attraction like this would be a great boost for Eastside and for the city and I am pleased to hear that the plans are progressing."

ROC state that the acquisition of land, the funding and the project team are all in place and all that is left is to submit for planning permission which is hoped to be applied for as early as May for a start on site before the end of the year. It's hoped that construction will be complete and the tower ready to be open to visitors mid 2008.

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