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Broadway Malyan reveals NIA revamp plans

Broadway Malyan has finally released these images of its proposed renovation of the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham

The £20.6 million ’modernisation’ of the 20-year-old canalside venue features a major new glazed entrance leading from the Brindleyplace mixed-use development.

Construction on the scheme for the NEC Group is set to start in late 2012.

Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: ‘The NIA is already one of the central features in our world-class events and conferencing offer, as well as a vital asset for our economy generating £150 million in economic benefit, and supporting around 2,500 jobs in the wider economy. Clearly, if we are to retain and grow our reputation as an events city we need to invest in the future.

‘I’m delighted we are able to innovate and invest in infrastructure, at a time when other cities might have to curtail their development plans. By integrating the redevelopment into our Big City Plan we will seek to maximise the impact of this very exciting new development.’

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Broadway Malyan to renovate NIA

Broadway Malyan is to lead a project to renovate the National Indoor Arena (NIA)

The practice has asked to transform the NIA in Birmingham city centre into a ‘striking state-of-the-art-venue’ by overhauling its look and feel.

The scheme for the venue, which holds live entertainment and sports events, comes after a £29 million renovation at sister site the LG Arena.

Phil Mead, managing director of Arenas, part of The NEC Group, said that the renovation will help make the NIA a ‘destination in its own right’.

Broadway Malyan will work alongside quantity surveyor Turner and Townsend, structural specialist Rodgers Leask, mechanical and electrical firm Capita and catering specialist InoxEquip.

Following the announcement a feasibility is being carried out and is expected to last eight weeks.

Once the study has been completed, the budgeting for the project will be worked out. It is thought work could get under way next summer.

Mead added: ‘We are on the starting blocks to transform The NIA from the well-used building it is now to becoming an exciting and contemporary venue. We want our visitors not just to experience world class events, but to enjoy the experience from the moment they arrive.’

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