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Birmingham Design Guide | Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham Design Guide

Birmingham is at an important juncture in its evolution.

As the need to address climate change becomes increasingly critical, the city must transition into a zero carbon environment, with future investment and developments playing in important role in helping the city achieve this.

To help guide elements of this transition and create healthy, high quality spaces across Birmingham, the City Council has produced the draft Birmingham Design Guide. This sets out the design aspirations of the city, with guidance to ensure all development aids the creation of high quality, people focused places that are resilient, innovative and healthy.

The Design Guide is a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which once adopted will replace a number of existing SPDs (a list is provided in the back of the Design Guide Principles Document).

The Design Guide comprises of 6 documents:

  1. Design Guide Principles Document – outlines the design principles development must align with
  2. City Manuals – these mimic the structure of the Principles Document, providing further guidance on how to achieve / align with the design principles.

The city council believes the draft guidance will help enhance the quality of places across Birmingham, as desired. But it wants to test this with individuals and organisations that live and work in the city, via a period of public consultation.

Web-based presentations

Due to the continued challenges related to COVID-19, physical meetings about the Design Guide cannot take place.

Live web-based presentations will be run to provide an overview of the document:

These presentations will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams.

Presentation timetable

Title

Topic

Date and Time

Link to event

Overview of the Design Guide

Brief introduction of the guide structure and very brief overview of each section

30 November

12:30pm to 1pm

View the Overview of the Design Guide on 30 November - 2 November 2020

The Birmingham ID and Streets and Spaces

Overview of the Design Principles and supporting City Manual for the Themes:

  1. The Birmingham ID

(understanding character)

  1. Streets and Spaces

(public realm and transport infrastructure)

9 December

12:30pm to 1pm

View the The Birmingham ID and Streets and Spaces on 9 December - 10 December 2020

Landscape and Green Infrastructure

Overview of the Design Principles and supporting City Manual related to Landscape and Green Infrastructure.

(trees, soft landscape and biodiversity)

14 December

12:30pm to 1:30pm

View the Landscape and Green Infrastructure on 14 December - 16 December 2020

Healthy, Living and Working Places

Overview of the Design Principles and supporting City Manual related to Healthy, Living and Working Places.

(The design of buildings)

6 January 2021

12:30pm to 1pm

View the event: Healthy, Living and Working Places on 6 January 2021 at 12:30pm

Healthy, Living and Working Places

Overview of the Design Principles and supporting City Manual related to Healthy, Living and Working Places.

(The design of buildings)

8 January 2021

12:30pm to 1pm

View the event: Healthy, Living and Working Places on 8 January 2021 at 12:30pm

Efficient and Future to Ready

Overview of the Design Principles and supporting City Manual related to Efficient and Future to Ready.

(sustainable buildings)

11 January 2021

12:30pm to 1pm

View the event: Efficient and Future to Ready on 11 January 2021 at 12:30pm

Efficient and Future to Ready

Overview of the Design Principles and supporting City Manual related to Efficient and Future to Ready.

(sustainable buildings)

13 January 2021

12:30pm to 1pm

View the event: Efficient and Future to Ready on 13 January 2021 at 12:30pm

The consultation period will span 10 (working) weeks commence on Tuesday 24 November 2020 and finishing at midnight 5 February 2021.

View the draft Birmingham Design Guide and make your comments