Architect Broadway Malyan has masterminded the transformation of the 21 year old National Indoor Arena (NIA) - owned by Birmingham city council - and not before time.
For Birmingham to continue to seriously compete in this multi million pound entertainment and concert venue sector, the NIA needed to up its game. So the fact that it won detailed consent for £a 21m makeover this week is positive news indeed.
The updated scheme will radically alter Brum's skyline in that part of the city - close to the ICC, the canal network and Brindleyplace. Connections with the latter will be reinforced with a new entrance into the new venue, and a shiny new glass façade plus three 135ft tower lighting sculptures will complete the picture.
Last but by no means least, the cost will not come out of the public purse as the funding of the refurbishment will come from the sale of the naming rights of the NIA to banking giant Barclaycard which has signed a five year deal.
So, come 2015 I look forward to seeing these images come to life - and perhaps a pretty good band play at the venue too!