Published on 29/03/18

The Midlands is a viable alternative to London say panel of housing experts

More than 120 built environment professionals attended a debate hosted by the Birmingham studio of international, interdisciplinary practice BDP, based in the Colmore Business District, to discuss the future of housing in the West Midlands. The event, held in the city’s St Philip’s Cathedral, was chaired by Adrian Goldberg (broadcaster) and panellists included Councillor Sean Coughlan (Portfolio Lead for Housing and Land, West Midlands Combined Authority), Jacob Bonehill (Principal Planning Policy Officer, Birmingham City Council), Caroline Mitchell-Sanders (Director, CBRE), David Warburton (Head of Public Land, Homes England), Adam Willetts (Senior Development Manager, Urban Splash), Mark Braund (BDP architect director) and Josh Allen (writer and historian, University of Birmingham).

The housing debate was the first in the 2018 Building Brum series, a programme of cross- disciplinary events looking at different aspects of Birmingham’s built environment. Following the debate BDP’s Manchester studio lighting team created a guerrilla lighting display, celebrating the interior of the cathedral.

The events are a collaboration between the Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institute of Town Planners, Institute of Civil Engineers, British Institute of Interior Design, Landscape Institute, Chartered Institute of Building and the Society of British and International Interior design. The event was sponsored by EH Smith, Interface, Johnson Tiles, Orangebox, Schluter Systems and D-line Eisenware.

Conor Nolan RIBA Project Manager and Building Brum organiser said: “The Building Brum series always aims to highlight what is happening within the Birmingham’s built environment and BDP created a very impressive event exploring the future of housing within Birmingham and the West Midlands”.

Building Brum – Article to Press
Title: ‘The Midlands is a viable alternative to London say panel of housing experts”

“The Midlands is becoming an alternative to the London housing market, where high quality housing and innovation are being promoted”

In light of the announced changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, more than 120 built environment professionals attended a debate hosted by the Birmingham studio of international, interdisciplinary practice BDP, based in the Colmore Business District ,to discuss the future of housing in the West Midlands. The event, held in the city’s St Philip’s Cathedral, was chaired by Adrian Goldberg (broadcaster) and panellists included Councillor Sean Coughlan (Portfolio

Kieren Majhail, architect at BDP’s Birmingham Studio and event organiser, said: ‘BDP focussed the topical housing discussion to the West Midlands, with everyone agreeing that the West Midlands wants better quality, more variety and more innovative housing solutions.’