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Plans roll on for 200m-tall tourist trap for Birmingham


Extraordinary plans for a 200m-high vertical theme park in Birmingham will be submitted to planning experts next spring, according to developer VTP Global

The news comes more than three years after the scheme, designed by RTKL, was first unveiled (click here for original story).

Despite being privately slammed by CABE back in 2007, the developer intends to press on with the sky-high tourist attraction, now known as the VTP200 (previously the Pinnacle), which will be the world’s first city centre ‘vertiplex’ leisure tower and the tallest building in Birmingham.

VTP200 claim the tower, which will form part of the city’s £6 billion Eastside redevelopment, would host ‘the most thrilling activities on the planet’.

Visitors to the attraction will benefit from a 32-storey ‘giant drop’, two scenic lifts, a bungee jump, 20 flight simulators, and a 120m ‘walk of fear’ with no hand rail.

The ‘icon for our times’ will also house at its base a 250-bedroom hotel, 15 restaurants, bars and retail space.

The project was previously thought to have been shelved due to the recession.


Readers' comments (2)

  • What a gimmick. Is this to re-invigorate the cultural void that surrounds the pay-to-enter Science Museum? People don't seem to be too fussed about the I-Max in there so more costly tech and extreme sports at the top of a Las Vegas tower, go figure.

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  • wow hust like the really sucsseful one in liverpool that was built in the 60s. the guys at RTKL should make sure there is enough room for a radio station up there find cad blocks of mixing desks ect just to be safe.

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