The NIA Birmingham’s £26m redevelopment is “on-time and on-budget” with some elements of the build “delivered early” according to Managing Director, Phil Mead.
As the arena enters its last intensive build phase, we are looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s hard work finally coming together. We have been a live venue up until now, so complete shutdown until September allows for the essential work to accelerate and take us to completion on-time in December 2014.
The three month long dark phase sees the arena closed to the public and all but essential staff remain as critical work takes place, which includes the installation and completion of:
• A new concourse and ground floor
• Walls from the existing NIA to the new façade
• Mechanical and electrical services continuing build of new food and beverage areas, box office, new retail spaces and a new plant room
• A new feature staircase which will be visible from the amazing glass-fronted façade
• Old dressing rooms will be demolished to make way for new technical storage
• All of the arena seats will be removed to be replaced with modern, comfortable seating
• Beautiful copper cladding to the distinctive ‘fins’ on the outside of the new frontage will become visible
• Continuing work on the 10m x 50m LED feature light wall
The NIA is located at the heart of one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in Europe. With its impressive light wall experience designed to welcome visitors in and illuminated 30 metre ‘sky needles’ providing a focal point on the Birmingham horizon. The NIA will become the impressive arena come ‘super-theatre’ it needs to be to continue to attract the very best in global entertainment and sport and provide visitors with utterly memorable experiences.
The redevelopment, which has been project managed by Novus, will see capacity increase from 14,150 to 15,992 adding an additional 6,000 metres of retail space and an extension of the concourse areas by over three times at some points from 7 to 21 metres. In addition, there will be a huge increase in toilet facilities, new dressing rooms, new hospitality lounges and a seven-day a week retail offer.
The NIA re-opens to the public on September 15, 2014, with The Saturdays in concert.