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Record levels of construction at Birmingham

Birmingham is enjoying the highest level of development for 15 years, according to a new annual report.

The 2017 Crane Survey measures the volume of development taking place across central Birmingham and its impact and says the city is currently seeing the most construction work since its publication started in 2002.

Property types factored into the research include office, retail, leisure, residential, student accommodation, education and hotels and the report covers the main city centre area alongside Digbeth, Jewellery Quarter and Edgbaston.

To be considered, offices and retail must be a minimum of 10,000 sq. ft. and residential developments must have at least 25 units.

There was 1.45 million sq. ft. of new office space under construction in 2016, compared to 969,000 sq. ft. in the previous year, while there has been a ten-fold increase in residential schemes and more than 1,000 student bed spaces in the pipeline.

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