Eastside City Park
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Eastside City Park has now opend and is the first major, new city centre park in Birmingham for more than 130 years. The park is a key project promoted by the Big City Plan and the Eastside Masterplan.
- Work began on the park in August 2011
- We have funded the £11.75million cost of the park.
- The park adds 2.73 hectares (6.75 acres) of green space to the city centre, extending Park Street Gardens, taking in the former car park in front of Millennium Point, through to Cardigan Street.
- Patel Taylor are the park’s designers – selected through a competition and public consultation.
- Land acquisition for the park was partly funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
What will Eastside City Park bring to the City Centre?
Eastside City Park was proposed in the early 2000s as a focus for the Curzon Street area of Eastside’s regeneration. Working with Advantage West Midlands (the former Regional Development Agency) we secured funding through European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) to buy and clear the land and buildings to create the park.
The park has greatly increased the amount of green space within the City Centre, providing a visitor attraction alongside the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. It will also include a Science Garden funded by and in association with the museum.
This will form the heart of Eastside, encouraging more people to live and work in the area. It will contribute significantly to enhancing the image of the city locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and include water features, a range of planting, grassed and hard landscaped areas suitable for many activities and events.
See photos of the area before work started and artists impressions of the new park below.
The Story So Far…
- 2001 - Eastside Development Framework (superseded by the Big City Plan) first identified the opportunity for a park in Eastside
- 2005/6 -We held an international design competition and public consultation to choose a design for the park
- 2006 -Patel Taylor were appointed as the designers
- 2007 - Outline Planning consent was granted setting the principles for the park’s layout and size.
- 2007 - The Curzon Street Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was approved in order to assemble the site for the park and surrounding development opportunities.
- 2008 - Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), demolition begins on vacant buildings to make room for the park.
- 2010 - Outline Plans were revised following the Government’s announcement of the High Speed 2 rail line.
- 2010 - Detailed designs were approved through a Reserved Matters application (2010/00155/PA) on the 2007 Outline Planning Permission.
- 2011 - We opened the Eastside Multi-story car park to replace the car parking in front of Millennium Point and freeing the site to become the new park.
- 2011 - Work started on Eastside City Park in August.
- 2012 - The park opens.
Last Updated : 30th January 2013