If you’ve visited Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter lately, you’ll definitely have noticed the construction going under-way on Warstone Lane.
Development for the Golden Square, a £1.6 million public realm space has begun.
The scheme is funded by Birmingham City Council, ERDF and Planning Gains Section 106. It is being created as one of the first new projects in Birmingham City Council’s ‘Big City Plan’, which will see the city centre transformed over the up-coming years.
The Golden Square is a brand new, 43, 055 square foot public realm space, that will be located in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, outside of The Big Peg replacing the former car park, near to the Jewellery Quarter Police Station and The Rose Villa Tavern.
A 3D sketch animation of the design proposals for the Golden Square can be found here.
The aim of the Square is to create a focal point for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, enabling a relaxed meeting area for visitors, local employees and residents, and provide a flexible space to host events throughout the year, encouraging more footfall into the area.
The scheme is planned to be split into three areas; the plaza, the orchard and the promenade.
The Orchard will compromise a tree-lined path up to the promenade, granting access to the existing cafes and shops, also the new information point. Funded by the Jewellery Quarter BID, the information point will include a TV screen that will stream updates on everything that is happening in the area. The plaza will have bicycle racks, benches and a retail unit will also be incorporated into that area.
The end result of the Square, which has been taken into careful consideration, will fit in securely with the Quarter’s heritage with its stunning architecture and décor, that links in with the area’s history.
The trees that will house in the orchard shall replicate the fruit trees, every house would have had in their gardens during the war; the blue bricks that will be used in the area of the plaza are used across the Quarter and the lines of the design are drawn to point towards the gold fields of San Francisco.
The predicted completion of the Golden Square is in mid-October, this year.