Ever wondered what Birmingham could look like in 10 years? The ‘Big City Plan’ is already underway and will transform the city dramatically over the next decade. There’s plenty to be excited about, especially for the city’s culture and nightlife, so we’ve taken a look at the top five projects that are on our radar.
The Smithfield Project
Let’s be honest: the markets surrounding the Bullring have seen better days. However, we’re looking forward to what The Smithfield Project could do for the area. The markets will remain, in order to support independent retailers, but the new plans will create a more bustling environment to rival London’s Camden market. Also nearby will be more green space, providing the city centre with our own Central Park.
The Paradise Project
Whilst the area surrounding Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery might be a sore sight at the moment, a closer look will give you a glimpse of what’s to come in the future. The area is set to expand, with new restaurants and shops. Not only that, these developments will open up the space surrounding Birmingham’s top cultural site, which has been kept at a distance from the high street for far too long.
Digbeth is already the heart of Birmingham’s creative sector. The Custard Factory is home to many exciting creatives and the brilliant Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen. We’re partial to Digbeth Dining Club too, as well as the area’s many watering holes. Digbeth is set to expand, most notably in Connaught Square and the Beorma Quarter. We can’t wait.
The area surrounding Symphony Hall and the ICC has enjoyed a glow up in recent years, after the brand new Library of Birmingham opened in 2013. However, Centenary Square is still taking shape. £10 million is being injected into the area, creating a new and improved public space.
Channel 4 HQ?
Like the sound of Real Housewives of Edgbaston? Okay, this one isn’t set in stone just yet. But Birmingham has made it to the shortlist for Channel 4’s new headquarters. The new HQ will create thousands of new jobs, but it will also mean that more shows will be filmed in the surrounding area. With only three cities left, we think that the UK’s second city has a good chance of winning. Watch this space.