EG Synopsis – Birmingham Focus

EG Birmingham Focus Published June 29, 2013 in print, digital & enhanced iPad formats Economy An in-depth look at the city’s economic drivers Contact: David Thame, freelance writer, 01544 262896, Agency Analysis of the agency landscape Contact: David Thame, freelance writer, 01544 262896,,  Retail Analysis of the sector’s strengths, challenges, and future trends […]

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HS2: Government 1 – Derby 0?

It’s been something of a rough ride for HS2 this week. Much of the attention was focused on the broadside from the National Audit Office that pranged a few holes in Britain’s proposed second high speed rail link, that may or may not see super-fast trains whizzing between Birmingham and London from 2026 (EGi news […]

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Derby hosts Mini MIPIM

Couldn’t get out to MIPIM this year? Well, not to worry, as Derby is hosting its own mini-version at the city’s Pride Park Stadium today.  Guests at the annual Property Summit will hear about the city’s £271m development pipeline. Other subjects up for discussion include what do winning investment locations look like and growth opportunities […]

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Gok-tastic theme to this year’s BRENDA awards

Move over Gok Wan, the BRENDA awards are back and they’re doing it in style! Yes, the fashion guru and TV presenter’s How to Look Good Naked Channel 4 show has been the inspiration for this year’s ever-popular BRENDA (Birmingham Real Estate Novel Development) Awards. How to look good naked is arguably a tad too revealing […]

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Sneak a peek at tomorrow’s East Midlands focus

Want to know what’s going to be in tomorrow’s Estates Gazette today? Well then just read on…   In this week’s East Midlands’ Focus I speak exclusively to Mark Bielby, Miller Birch’s development director about the current tough development climate and he reveals how the company plans to beat the recession going forward.   Could […]

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Guest post: JLL’s Jan Thompson warns to accept change or Birmingham will be in trouble

“KPMG veteran Steve Hollis, the deputy chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, said in his keynote speech at the Birmingham Office Agents Forum yesterday, that the coalition can only deliver its localism agenda if it destroys the stranglehold which Whitehall has had on every government’s decentralisation strategies.For me, that is the greatest hurdle […]

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Video: Brum’s Two Snowhill

Estates Gazette was given a sneak peek of Hines and Ballymore’s Two Snowhill office block ahead of it’s launch last Thursday, where I caught up with Anthony Leonard of Hines and Richard Probert of Ballymore, who are behind the scheme.  Two Snowhill is the biggest office block to be built outside of London since the credit crunch and […]

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Europe’s largest living wall & 23 tonnes of rice – Hines & Ballymore launch Two Snowhill

Ever wondered what the largest ‘living’ wall in Europe looks like? Well, wonder no more… Two days ahead of the official launch of the 303,000 sq ft Two Snowhill office block in Birmingham, Hines and Ballymore have unveiled the 220 metre long, seven metre high partition which includes 604 sq m of plants.  Work to […]

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Guest Blog: Growth & Infrastructure Bill

Nigel Simkin, associate director, planning and development at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Birmingham office gives his thoughts on the emerging Growth and Infrastructure Bill.   There’s never a dull moment in planning these days.  First there was the Localism Bill and now it’s the Growth & Infrastructure Bill heading for Royal Assent.   The new bill picks […]

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Budget 2013 – Midlands response

In one of the liveliest Budgets in recent memory, chancellor George Osborne was at times lost for words. With the outlook for the economy significantly downgraded, some are saying that this is a Budget of paradoxes. For example, Britain will avoid a triple-dip recession after the return to negative growth in Q4 of 2012, but […]

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