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Birmingham boost for Future Systems' 'Selfridges special'

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Future Systems' design for a radical new Selfridges store in Birmingham has been boosted by support from the city's planners. The £40 million scheme is due to be submitted for detailed planning application within days, but key officials have already given the scheme early backing.

Birmingham City Council's major projects officer Geoff Wright and planning committee chair Renee Spector have both been 'supportive' of the scheme when shown initial drawings and models, said area planning officer Richard Goulborn. However, Future Systems has already been asked by the council to address issues such as how to clean its exterior, which will be clad in thousands of light blue ceramic discs. Outline planning consent on the site has already been granted as part of the £800 million redevelopment of the Bull Ring, but consent for the Future Systems design could be granted within two months. It is also understood that the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has already studied the scheme.

For more on Selfridges, see Letters, page 22

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