Colmore Square Enhancement

A video clip showing the enhancement of Colmore Square, which was completed in April 2014. The area in between Colmore Row and Steelhouse Lane has been improved with new soft landscaping and planting as well as feature lighting and benches. The square now also contains a chess garden ‘pocket park’ featuring two stone tables with inset chessboards.

The Colmore Square scheme is the first area enhancement civil engineering project to be undertaken solely by a Business Improvement District (BID) in Birmingham. The scheme was designed by Capita’s land planning team with construction work implemented by The Landscape Group Ltd. Project management services were provided by Mace. The video features interviews at the launch event for the square.

Livery Street Wall Art Project

This video features a time lapse of an art project that has transformed Livery Street Wall in Birmingham City Centre. Completed in September 2013, the project has been funded and delivered by Colmore BID as part of its objective to make improvements to the commercial quarter of Birmingham.

Livery Street Wall is situated at the entrance to Livery Street by the junction with Great Charles Street Queensway and is located by a key entry point to the car park at Snow Hill station.

Previously a dull concrete structure, the wall now displays the vibrant design of local artist and designer George Benson.

CBD's Music Takeover 2013

Colmore Business District hosted its first ever ‘Music Takeover’ festival in September 2013, which saw a range of music talent entertain city professionals in Birmingham’s commercial quarter.

CBD’s Music Takeover took place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September. The live music festival had an eclectic mix of music talent, from local upcoming artists to more established names.

Performances took place at lunchtimes and in the evenings in locations including Victoria Square, Church Street Square, Snow Hill Station Square, Birmingham Cathedral Grounds, Yorks Bakery Cafe and The Old Joint Stock.

CBD…Our Story

Hear from CBD businesses and board directors on Colmore Business District’s achievements during the first BID term.


The CBD Food Festival, showcasing the excellent food and drink offering in Colmore Business District, attracted around 15,000 visitors on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July in Victoria Square. Back for a second year, the two day festival launched the weeklong Birmingham Food Fest (13th to 19th July). Over 20 venues, many of whom are independent businesses, served taster options priced from as little as £1.50 to £5 in Birmingham’s Victoria Square.


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 square also has a piece of public art called ‘Umbra’ by Wolfgang Buttress.

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.


On Thursday 7th July, an estimated 2,000 people gathered in Birmingham’s Victoria Square to celebrate Colmore Business District’s (CBD) first Food Festival.

The day-long event showcased the food and drink on offer in Birmingham’s commercial capital, with over 20 stands representing businesses within the District serving a wide variety of taster menus.