Bowl­ing al­ley plan for Cube

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

LAND­MARK Birmingham build­ing The Cube is set to un­dergo ar­guably its big change since launch­ing in 2010 by open­ing a bou­tique bowl­ing al­ley.

The canal­side build­ing’s own­ers have re­vealed new plans to ren­o­vate two va­cant units on the sixth floor, one of which is the for­mer home of bar Geisha, to cre­ate the new al­ley.

An oper­a­tor of the bowl­ing al­ley is not named in the newly submitted plans and the project is ex­pected to cre­ate ten full-time jobs and up to 20 part-time roles.

City de­vel­oper EDG Prop­erty is be­hind the project which would bring new uses to empty space in the 25-storey com­plex which counts Ho­tel Indigo, Marco Pierre White’s Steak­house Bar and Grill and Brazil­ian res­tau­rant Rodizio Rico among its ten­ants.

Ja­panese cock­tail bar Geisha opened less than two years ago but closed in April “due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances”, ac­cord­ing to a tweet from the com­pany.

The other sixth floor unit which will house the bowl­ing al­ley has never been oc­cu­pied.

The venue is ex­pected to have a li­cence en­abling it to stay open un­til 2am from Thurs­day to Sun­day.

Prop­erty con­sul­tancy CBRE is work­ing with EDG Prop­erty on the plans. It said in a re­port ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion: “The pro­pos­als will de­liver a num­ber of pos­i­tive ben­e­fits in­clud­ing al­low­ing the proac­tive im­prove­ment and re­use of va­cant space within a land­mark build­ing.

“The pro­posal will in­crease the range of con­sumer choice and pos­i­tively con­trib­ute to the vi­tal­ity and vi­brancy of the area. It rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into the area and the open­ing of a bou­tique bowl­ing al­ley by an es­tab­lished and well re­garded oper­a­tor.”

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