Architecture Update: Farrell framework

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A MASTER plan by Terry Farrell for a key site next to Birmingham's International Convention Centre was given outline planning permission last week. Mr Farrell said the plan for Brindley Place would 'create a framework of linked landscaped urban spaces . . . that will provide attractive and safe pedestrian routes not only for the occupiers, but also for visitors to the convention centre and indoor arena, people exploring the canal network and those using the extensive restaurant and leisure facilities'.

Brindley Place will be dominated by offices. Originally no more than 76,000 sq m were planned, but this has been increased by 25 per cent. The first phase - shops and restaurants along the canal - begins soon.

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