Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena has staged its first concert after a £26million refurbishment led by AJ100 big hitter Broadway Malyan
Singer Michael Bublé gave the first large-scale performance at the facelifted venue - now renamed the Barclaycard Arena - following an 18-month upgrade programme which has seen it gain a new glass façade and almost 6,000m² of additional floorspace.
As well as the installation of the new glazing, which replaces ‘drab grey cladding’, the revamp has added copper fins and ‘sky needles’ to the exterior of the building, which originally opened in 1991 and is operated by the NEC Group.
According to the practice, which landed the job in late 2010, the re-worked façade provides ‘a window onto the city for customers at newly-created commercial spaces’, as well as including an LCD display wall that greets visitors.
Broadway Malyan director Neil Rose said the project was a fitting addition to practice’s portfolio of high-profile completed schemes in Birmingham, which include Bournville College and Edgbaston Stadium.
‘By cloaking the arena’s canal-side elevation with an elegant glass façade, which affords four storeys of new bars and restaurants dramatic views over the city, we have been able to project the excitement of the bustling activity going on inside the venue,’ he said.
Also this week, Broadway Malyan reported final financial results for 2014 that show a fall in profitability for the year ending in April.
It said operating profit was £1.65million on a turnover of £43.94 million, down from £2.28million in 2013 on a turnover of £43.22million.
However managing director Gary Whittle said ‘actual profit and profit margin’ had improved.
The practice reported gross profits of £15.53million for 2014, up from £13.64million in 2013.
Barclaycard Arena: project data
Client NEC Group
Architect Broadway Malyan
Landcsape architect Broadway Malyan
Planning consultant Deloitte
Structural engineer Rodgers Leask
M&E consultant Hulley & Kirkwood
Quantity surveyor Gleeds GLEEDS
Completion date 24.11.14
Form of contract and/or procurement Two-stage design and build