Birmingham Queensway Tunnel

The Birmingham Queensway roads are part of a network of dual carriageways that were built in between the 1960s and 1970s and formed part of the Birmingham Inner Ring Road (A4400).

As part of the Birmingham Highways Maintenance programme Amey will be closing the Queensway and St. Chads tunnel and undertaking structural modifications, upgrading fire protection, and improving the lighting and general appearance.Further refurbishment works including new emergency, control and communications systems are being planned for next year.

The refurbishment of the Queensway tunnel is also linked to the Paradise Circus Redevelopment:

Fire Escape Tunnels.
Located directly underneath the main service ducts are fire escape tunnels providing egress routes from the Queensway tunnel running across the Site. These will be made redundant as a result of the refurbishment of the Queensway Tunnel
Paradise Circus D&A Statement (PDF)  

The tunnel path can clearly be seen below:

The creation of the Queensway tunnel in 1969 was captured by John Ball (slide 3 and 4), below I’ve produced a composite view to help show the context.  The dark black building is the Congreve Passage side of the Council House Extension.

National Indoor Arena Refurbishment

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Extension and refurbishment scheme to include enhanced ancillary retail areas (Use classes A1, A3, A4 and A5), external facade works, erection of 3 no. ‘Sky Needles’ signage, landscape and public realm works. 

For those familiar with Brindleyplace the layout of the NIA complex is at odds with the more common access routes to the venue.  If you enter through Brindleyplace you end up walking across the bridges over the canals and ending up at the service area of the venue, and also facing a rather plain looking building.  The approved plans for the refurbishment of the NIA take into account its setting against the canal network, and open up the area through better access whilst also improving the facade.

Set to undergo a £20.6 million transformation, the modernisation of the NIA aims to take advantage of its unique location on the city’s canal side and will feature a new showcase entrance straight from Brindleyplace into the arena, with large glazed views over the water and the city.

Work will get underway in late 2012 and will include improved facilities and a much greater emphasis on both the pre and post show experience. Coupled with an exciting partnership with Barclaycard, the NIA will offer a vastly improved experience for anyone setting foot in the arena.
[Future NIA]

Unfortunately the refurbishment does not encompass the whole exterior of the venue, and the car park around the back will still look odd and dull once this work has finished.

That said the creation of retail/food/drink units fronting the canalside, will certainly help people interact with this side of the building and help improve the public realm in the longer term.

Curzon Street Station

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Change of use to exhibition galleries (D1), ancillary cafe and associated internal alterations and landscaping works.

Curzon Street Station - Part of Curzon SquareToday the planning committee approved the plans submitted by Ikon Gallery to refurbish the Curzon Street Station and prepare it for use as a gallery.  This is part of the wider Curzon Square proposal.

Ikon proposes Curzon Square to be Birmingham’s new museum quarter. Comprising Ikon 2, a museum of contemporary art and temporary exhibition space, a museum of photography and a building for an existing national collection, it will be the vital factor in an equation that results in cultural league success for the city.

Curzon Street Station is to be the new Museum of Photography, drawing from the extensive collection of the new Library of Birmingham. Further information on the Curzon Square proposal can be seen below.