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West Midlands

Covering news, projects and practices from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, and Birmingham

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Eric Parry Architects' scheme for Birmingham's Paradise Circus

Parry wins contest for major building at Birmingham’s Paradise Circus

Eric Parry Architects has won the competition to design a key building in the first phase of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus redevelopment

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Shortlist revealed for first of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus' buildings

AHMM, Eric Parry, Associated Architects and Piercy & Co are in the running to design a key building for the first phase of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus redevelopment

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Coventry's 'elephant' pool under threat of demolition

Coventry’s Grade-II listed central swimming pool could be knocked down under council redevelopment plans

Michael Baker Boathouse, Worcester, Associated Architects

RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards shortlist announced

Feilden Clegg Bradley, Patel Taylor & dRMM are named among the 12-strong RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards shortlist

Jonathan Schwinge and Daniel Madeiros' competition-winning scheme in the Millennium Point Visibility contest

Emerging duo wins Millennium Point Visibility contest

Architect Jonathan Schwinge and Daniel Madeiros have won the  RIBA-backed ideas competition to design a new ‘marker’ for Grimshaw’s Millennium Point complex in Birmingham

Buildings

Glenn Howells' Westonbirt Aboretum Building

Glenn Howells completes Westonbirt Aboretum building

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Glenn Howells Architects’ has completed a new building at the Forestry Commission’s National Aboretum in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

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Gregory Phillips wins planning for Staffordshire country house

Gregory Phillips Architects has secured planning consent for a 1,200m² home in the grounds of a Victorian Hall in Staffordshire

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Mecanoo unwraps Birmingham City Library

Dutch practice Mecanoo’s £193 million Birmingham City Library opens to the public next week (3 September).

Architype Archihaus

Architype reveals plans for UK’s largest Passivhaus development

[FIRST LOOK] Architype has submitted a planning application for the largest Passivhaus development in the UK

Planning

Housing

Localism Act and Local Plans lose out to NPPF

1-Mar-2013

The High Court has confirmed the NPPF will take priority over the Localism Act and local development plans

Matt Lucas

New practices: Lucas Architects

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

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New practices: SWOT[studio]

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo

Revealed: Winners of RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards

Three new schools are among the eight winners of this year’s RIBA West Midlands Regional Awards

Students

Birmingham Co.Lab

Birmingham School of Architecture’s Co.Lab creates space for film festival

The Co.Lab initiative at Birmingham School of Architecture worked with Flatpack Festival to convert Victorian church into a temporary cinema

Jamie Ho

Student Shows 2012: Birmingham School of Architecture

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