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Skyscraper plan for city centre

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The skyscraper is part of redevelopment plans for part of the city

Plans for a 27-storey skyscraper which could create 2,000 jobs in Birmingham city centre are to be considered.

Kuwaiti firm Salhia Investments bought up former factories and warehouses in Digbeth for the £150m development.

Nasser Al-Ghanim of the firm said: "We have seen different opportunities, but Birmingham was the one that really screamed out."

The city council said it had received more than 12 objections to the scheme which goes before planners on 21 May.

Councillor Neville Summerfield said if the project was approved, work was expected to start on the site this year.

He said it would be part of the £10bn Big City Plan - a regeneration project for Birmingham.

Mr Summerfield said: "We are delighted that we have attracted Kuwaiti money into this, because we are recognised as a global player, attracting global resources."



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