City Centre Public Realm consultation
Birmingham City Council, alongside Retail and Colmore Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), has consulted on plans to enhance the public realm in the city centre. It aims to create an attractive, welcoming, and safe environment to bring more visitors to Birmingham city centre. This will help economic growth. Consultation for this project took place during the early months of 2020.
High-quality paving materials, including Natural Yorkstone, will be used throughout the scheme area, whilst reinstating heritage paving in sections of Victoria Square. A kerb free pedestrian route for passengers travelling from New Street Station to the retail and business centre will be created. Widened footways will make it easier, more welcoming, and safer for pedestrians. It will also become more accessible to those with mobility issues. The proposals include the extension of Victoria Square into Colmore Row and Waterloo Street forming a larger pedestrian space.
Birmingham will be at the centre of the world stage during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The city centre will act as a gateway for many visitors coming to the city for the first time. Temporary hostile vehicle security measures (HVM) will be replaced with permanent, less intrusive measures as part of a safety and security strategy for the city centre. Post commonwealth games will see the public realm improvements commencing in August 2022 for Victoria Square, Colmore Row and Waterloo Street.
We are proposing to extend the existing pedestrian zone and loading restrictions across the scheme area to standardise operation times to 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. This will ensure a safe and secure environment for pedestrians during times of busy footfall. The area will be safer with greater priority for pedestrians. Reallocating space to pedestrians requires changes to the current taxi and parking bays. Improved loading facilities will be provided for local businesses outside of the restriction hours to offset the daytime restrictions.
As a result of Covid-19 the project has been broken down into 2 main phases for delivery.
Work commenced in September 2021. CPC Civils are upgrading HVM (Hostile Vehicle Mitigation) barriers on Lower Temple Street and in front of the town hall prior to this year’s Frankfurt Christmas Market. These barrier systems are used to protect the public and will form essential protection for the Market and the Commonwealth Games in 2022. CPC Civils will also be repairing small areas of defective paving on Lower Temple Street and New Street including the removal of some redundant street furniture.
Further consultation and full business case approvals towards the end of 2021 into the start of 2022.