Published on 16/02/18

New open spaces for Business District


Colmore BID’s exciting plans for a reimagined Cornwall Street have taken a step forward.

Cornwall Street is at the heart of the Business District and home to restaurants Zen Metro, Purnell’s and Opus and businesses such as Arcadis.

Bruntwood recently completed its Cornerblock development on the corner of Cornwall Street and Livery Street, bringing 110,000 sq ft of much-needed Grade A workspace to the area.

Colmore BID is leading a public realm project to transform the street to make it more pedestrian friendly with new lighting and seating to stop and dwell.

The £1.2m plans were given a boost when the Public Realm Board, made up of representatives from Birmingham City Council, Transport for West Midlands and Colmore
BID endorsed the project at a recent meeting. The plans form part of the BID’s Outstanding Places objective that cares for the physical aspects of the Business District.

The BID spends almost half of its levy income over its ve-year term on permanent, lasting improvements to public spaces.

An example of this is Church Street Square, delivered in partnership with the city council to create a new place to stop and relax in a previously unloved and under-used space.

The BID followed this up with an award-winning project in Colmore Square, creating a popular place to dwell while in Colmore’s ‘skyscraper’ district, with new soft landscaping and planting, as well as feature- lighting and benches.

Rob Valentine, Vice Chair of Colmore BID and Head of Bruntwood in Birmingham, said: “The delivery of Colmore Square shows the strength a BID can have within the city to drive forward permanent improvements to make Birmingham a more attractive place. We are committed to investing in our open spaces and helping to create a more walkable, sustainable and high quality city centre.”