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McAslan's twin towers help Brum reach for the skies - images

John McAslan and Partners has revealed this concept design of the south side of its Birmingham New Street Station project.

The £500 million scheme proposes two 30-storey skyscrapers, which will act as a gateway to the improved railway station.

One of the towers will be used as residential accommodation, with the other offering high-quality offices, providing a total of 55,000m 2of space.

If shown the green light, the towers will be the latest in a long line of tall buildings being proposed and built in Birmingham, including HOK's Arena Tower, and the proposed 175m Birmingham Pinnacle observation tower.

The growing trend towards tall buildings in the city has even led to the Civil Aviation Authority voicing safety concerns over skyscrapers being built in Birmingham Airport's flight path.

However, city politicians believe these fears can be allayed, and progress skywards can continue.

City council cabinet member Ken Hardeman told the press: 'There are opportunities in certain parts of the city where surface levels will allow taller buildings. This is a policy we would like to develop: to create a skyline that is recognisable and on a par with other major cities, not the least London.

'This is not about trying to be bigger than anyone else,' he added. 'It is about making a statement that Birmingham is a premier city. All modern cities are looking ever upwards, and we have to make sure what we get is imaginative in design.'

by Richard Vaughan

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