Weekly News Friday 18 May 2012

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A round-up of miscellany from the past week

Submitted by Geoff Caine

Featured this week:

• Car Park Fob Batteries – Now Available from the Concierges

• Wings of Desire – an Outdoor Dance, Acrobatic and Light Show

• Arena Central Development gets Planning Approval

• NIA Refurbishment – Public Consultation in ICC Atrium


• Car Park Fob Batteries – Now Available from the Concierges

“Roll up, roll up, get your batteries ‘ere” cries the Concierge Team!

Car Park FOB and Battery
Justyna has sourced a supplier of car park fob batteries and has them available for you to buy at both Receptions for a super low price of £1.
It’s well worth trying a new one if you’re having trouble opening the gates.

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• Wings of Desire – an Outdoor Dance, Acrobatic and Light Show

This event you must not miss!

Circa Circus Acrobats

Circa Circus Acrobats

This spectacular event, the grand finale of International Dance Festival Birmingham, is taking place in Victoria Square from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th May at 9:30pm and lasts about 50 minutes. The organisers describe it as “A love story bridging heaven and earth”.
It is a really dynamic and imaginative spectacle and what’s more it’s free for the people of Birmingham.
I went to the event on the opening night as did a crowd of many hundreds.
The event narrator was TV Star Goldie, he gave a memorable performance in bridging the acts.
On stage, Australian troop Circa gave a circus acrobatic performance while the 2Faced Dance Company leapt around the stage defying gravity at times!
The acrobats also performed rope acts dangling from the roof of the Town Hall.
There are superb lighting effects with floodlit angels popping up at the top of surrounding buildings which caused people to continually look around to see what was happening at any moment – a strong feature to engage the crowd.
The lighting of the main arch of the Council House showed how visually attractive the building can be when lit imaginatively.
The light show by Seeper projecting moving scenes onto the Town Hall was truly impressive and raised wows! from the audience.
This was all wrapped up in imaginative and very unusual music.
Here is a slideshow I created of the event.

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• An Arena Central Development gets Planning Approval

At last the Arena Central site opposite the new Library on Broad Street is being given a kick-start!

Holiday Inn Express in Arena Central

View from Holiday Street reproduced from the Planning Application

Plans for a 210 bedroom Hotel complex submitted by company Centre Island Birmingham have been given planning permission. The planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 17 May passed the application with the usual precautionary conditions.

The 14 story building will house a health club and spa at ground level with a Holiday Inn Express hotel above. The new hotel will be linked via an atrium to the existing Crown Plaza hotel which the company owns. Development could start in the middle of 2013 with the hotel opening at the start of 2015.

The building is essentially situated in Holiday Street and will not involve demolition of the other buildings on the Arena Central site.

This will be just one of the new buildings in the Arena Central Complex, development of which stalled 3 years ago, due to changing requirements in the real estate market. Other developments planned for the site will be a public square, and office buildings including the proposed V building of 51 storeys.

Centre Island Birmingham will own the whole site and hence this first redevelopment may well kick-start the rest of the development site.

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• NIA Refurbishment – Public Consultation in ICC Atrium

Your chance to find out more and give your views!


There is a small exhibition of the refurbishment proposals taking place today, Friday 18th, until 6pm and tomorrow 10am to 4pm. People are on hand to answer your queries.
There is a questionnaire which seeks your views on the plans.

The timescale for the refurbishment is:

Planning Application submission Summer 2012
Planning Decision around the end of October 2012
If permission granted….
Work commencing December 2012
Work completed December 2014

A website will be updated with the material on show next week.

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Submitted by Geoff Caine

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