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Birmingham to get new skyscraper after plans unveiled for long-awaited redevelopment

A Kuwaiti developer has unveiled plans to build the tallest office building in Birmingham as part of a ?158m city centre development after years of delays.
Property company Salhia is poised to start work on the project later this year, and is seeking companies to occupy the office space, which will sit alongside new homes, shops, restaurants and a hotel. The site where the scheme will be built is known as Beorma Quarter, which takes its name from the first settlement of Birmingham during the Anglo-Saxon period.
Part of the development will be a 30-storey office building, the tallest in the city. The development of such a large office building hints at the increasing number of companies looking to relocate out of London.
A hotel building and the city's BT Tower are the only taller structures in the city.
Plans for the redevelopment of the 2.25-acre site have been in the pipeline for almost 10 years but have been beset by delays thanks to challenging market conditions and the complex nature of the site. An initial phase to refurbish an existing building on the site has already been completed.
Birmingham to get new skyscraper after plans unveiled for long-awaited redevelopment

The new development is near to Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, seen here on the right
Waheed Nazir, corporate director for economy at Birmingham City Council, said the city was experiencing “unprecedented levels of growth” and so new offices were vital to it keeping up with demand. Birmingham has been boosted in recent years by progress made to build the High Speed Two rail line, and large companies moving staff to regional bases.
Mr Nazir added: “Building on the success of recent relocations from major companies like HS2, HSBC and HMRC, it is clear that Birmingham is set to continue to be a hugely attractive place to invest and do business.”
Salhia, which is listed on the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange, has previously worked on the redevelopment of Farnborough town centre in Hampshire alongside British developer St Modwen, but this will be its first stand-alone UK project.
The company was established in 1974 by a group of prominent Kuwaiti businessmen, and has since developed a number of buildings in the Middle East and Europe.
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