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Rundown district in 450m revamp

Artist's impressions of how the area could look

Up to 5,000 jobs could be created as part of 450m revamp of a rundown area of Birmingham which could include a theme park and a new university campus.

The plans for the city's Eastside, next to Millennium Point in the city centre, have gone on show for the first time.

They include a vertical theme park up to 200m high, new flats, offices and a new Birmingham City University campus.

A new park, hotel, bars and cafes are also planned, along with the redevelopment of the canal network.

Property developer Goodman, which is working with Advantage West Midlands, has now submitted planning permission to the city council for the project.

The vertical theme park could measure up to 200m high

Mick Laverty, chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, said: "There is no doubt that Eastside Locks ranks as one of the most exciting and important city centre regeneration programmes anywhere in Europe at the moment.

"The planning process will represent a major step forward as we work with our partners in the joint venture to deliver a thriving and dynamic extension to the centre of Birmingham."

At least 150m of the total project costs is being spent on the new university campus.

An exhibition of all the proposals is being held at Millennium Point on Friday and Saturday.

University pro-vice chancellor Mary Martin said: "We very much hope that anyone with an interest in the Eastside development will take the opportunity to examine what we're proposing.

"Although it's far too early to say exactly what the development will look like, the exhibition gives an insight into the sort of ideas that might form part of this exciting development."

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