Colmore Business District (CBD) invests in outdoor floral displays and enhancements in the summer to bring colour and greenery to the area. For the festive season, CBD invests in Christmas lights and decorations to enhance the business district and bring seasonal cheer to the area, improving the environment for all to enjoy. These enhancements are in addition to what is provided by Birmingham City Council.
As part of the celebrations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, CBD’s floral features in summer 2012 included a representation of a female weightlifter on Colmore Square and a Paralympian ‘Blade Runner’ in Snow Hill Station Square.
CBD’s floral features contribute to the excellent City Centre Floral Trail. The Trail formed part of the judging route for Birmingham’s entry into the RSH Britain in Bloom Awards in 2012; Birmingham was granted gold status for the city’s stunning Olympic floral displays by securing the Best Large City ward. The 2012 competition saw over 1,200 entrants from big cities to country villages.
The CBD installed Christmas decorations for 2012 are coloured red, white and green to add festive colour to the District. Decorations include stunning lit Christmas wreaths with holly and berries, placed on lamp columns on streets including Margaret Street, Newhall Street, Edmund Street, Barwick Street and Livery Street. Colourful and lit decorations have also illuminated Cornwall Street.
In addition to the lit decorations, CBD is also wishing the District a Merry Kissmas with a large cluster of mistletoe in the centre of Snow Hill Station Square, held together with a big bow. As Snow Hill Station is often a meeting place for people coming into the city centre, the mistletoe provides a great way of bringing additional Christmas cheer to the area by providing an ideal place to meet up and have a kiss! Following great feedback from last year, CBD’s sparkling Blachere tree is back in Colmore Square between Colmore Row and Steelhouse Lane. CBD has also invested in a real Christmas tree in the new Church Street Square.