Church Street Square, the public realm enhancement scheme designed and delivered by Colmore Business District (CBD) and Birmingham City Council, was completed in summer 2012.
This major public realm enhancement scheme has transformed a previously wide carriageway into a new open space with reduced road width, benches, trees, greenery and enhanced lighting. The space also has a piece of public art called ‘Umbra’ by Wolfgang Buttress.
Buttress was appointed following a competition that saw artists submit artwork for the new enhanced space in the Birmingham’s professional quarter. The installation of public art in this location further enhances the area as a significant space of interest for people to use and enjoy in the area.
Church Street Square is a project that is part of Birmingham’s Big City Plan Initiatives programme. The Big City Plan is the most ambitious, far-reaching development project in the UK. The aim is to create a world-class city centre, by planning for the next 20 years of transformation.
The Church Street project emerged from a joint vision to invest in the District, improve pedestrian links with the Jewellery Quarter and create greener spaces for people to enjoy.
The space is significantly more pedestrian friendly, as well as being a pleasant place for people to spend time in. It also provides a space for small events. CBD hosted live music performances in the space in summer 2012 as part of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival. The space was also used for the Magnum Sport photographic exhibition in July and August 2012.