Having read your article on Birmingham (26 May, page 44), it seems appropriate to ask whether your reporter actually visited the city when researching her piece? If she did, it is strange that she fails to mention many of the "high-profile" projects that, far from being stalled, are progressing and making a positive impact on the city's ever changing skyline.
Among the many residential schemes she omitted from her article are the sellout success of Rotunda; buyers camped out to guarantee a reservation on the night before its launch day. More than 80% of the 173 apartments have been sold in the first phase of the £350m Masshouse development, and apartments worth a total of more than £25m have been presold at The Cube, where work will start this autumn. We also have planning permission for a 175 m tower at Arena Central. People increasingly want to live in Birmingham because we have the impressive schemes to accommodate them.
People also want to work in Birmingham, and the many landmark developments set to house businesses are progressing quickly. The £30m transformation of Baskerville House will finish in August and in less than 18 months Colmore Plaza will provide more than 300,000 ft2 of additional office space. Enabling works are due to start this month on the £400m redevelopment of Snow Hill.
Plans for Martineau Galleries - which are set to be bigger than the Bullring - were recently approved, City Park Gate is due an imminent facelift and works on the University Hospital Birmingham, which has stimulated £1bn of investment in Selly Oak alone, are progressing at a rapid rate.
The council recently put Birmingham firmly on the international stage with its huge commitment to MIPIM, and it has just appointed a new chief executive - another sign of its dedication to drive the city and its economy.
Within a one-mile radius of New Street Station, £8bn of development is still set to happen - either having been granted planning permission or being at the advanced stages of negotiation - creating 40,000 jobs over the next few years.
Finally, what about the council's recent decision to commission the masterplan that will ensure Birmingham's economy remains white hot?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more developments under way in Birmingham that prove that the city has the energy and drive to deliver its multi-billion pound regeneration. We would be delighted to take your reporter on a tour of Birmingham so that she can experience this for herself.
Rod Ackrill, chairman of Chase Midland and vice president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce;
Richard Probert, project director, Ballymore
Steve Evans, development director, Miller Developments;
James Howarth, director, Abstract Land;
Mark Swallow, head of the Birmingham office of Knight Frank;
Ian Fox, executive property director of Targetfollow