Snippets of News

Hyatt Owners to Spend £6.5m on Improvements

IMG_2435The 319 room Hyatt Regency in Broad Street Birmingham has been acquired for £27 million by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which has been managing it since the hotel opened in 1990.

The prestigious hotel is a favourite with conference delegates because of its proximity and physical link to the Symphony Hall/ICC centre.

The new investment will bring improvements to the restaurant, meeting areas and bedrooms and hopefully secure the jobs of its 200 employees!

Read more about this in the Birmingham Post article.

Learn About the NIA Redevelopment

NIA FlyerThe redevelopment of the NIA is about to start, and you can hear all about what is planned at a meeting at the NIA Olympian Suite at 6:15pm on Wednesday 12 December.

As well as an update on the project there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

This is an important development for the city and for King Edwards Wharf, enhancing it as the place to live in Birmingham.


New Street Station – April 2013 Will See a Transformation

IMG_2437Believe it or not in April 2013 the current concourse areas of the station will be closed and a new concourse opened.

The entrance to this will be in Navigation Street shown left. This will be become the main entrance to the station with ticket office, barriers, etc.

This transformation will take place overnight as though a giant switch has been thrown. Looking at the photo it’s hard to believe it will be ready in time but Network Rail are confident it will.

Read more about this in the Birmingham Post article.

Inside the new Library of Birmingham

The Site Snapshot December 2012

Main contractor, Carillion, has published this view of the library showing how the inside is shaping up.

The completion date of the construction is 15 March 2013 followed by system proving for a fortnight. The project is 4 weeks ahead of schedule (and within budget) so the building will be handed over to Council Library Management on 29 March. They will then move all the books and archives in from the current library and other storage locations. The opening to the public will be September 2013.

By the way, there will be a walkway created passed the front of the library through the hoardings at the end of February. An island of hoardings will therefore be created and will remain while Centenary Square is put back together.