New £1.5 million public square design revealed for Birmingham
Designs by Capita Lovejoy – Capita Symonds’ land planning division - for a new £1.5m Public Square in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter have been unveiled. The designs were chosen by a judging panel led by Birmingham City Council after the public was asked to help choose which of six proposals should get the go ahead.
The area – known as ‘Golden Square’ - is at the centre of the Jewellery Quarter which is home to more than 1500 businesses and produces more than 40% of all jewellery manufactured in the UK every year. It is being revamped as one of the first new projects in Birmingham City Council’s ‘Big City Plan’, which will see the city centre transformed over the coming years.
Andy Williams, Managing Director of Capita Lovejoy’s Birmingham office said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in such a significant project. Our success is testament to the design skills of our staff and wider design team.
Our design proposal developed a concept whereby on the world stage, exposed seams orientate the Golden Square towards the district’s traditional material sources (particularly places in the USA, Australia and South Africa) and trading partners at the four corners of the world. These highly reflective alignments shape the available space, manage the topography, and accommodate seating, lighting and fountains. Suggested by the earlier street pattern, the new square is subdivided into three key spaces – the plaza, the orchard and the promenade. Taken together, these three spaces provide an essential place in the ‘daily round’ for existing and emerging local communities.
The proposals also take advantage of digital media technology, in providing visitor information facilities as an integral component of the scheme - connecting users of the square to the facilities and businesses within the Jewellery Quarter.
The Golden Square will be a real focal point for the Quarter – a place to hang out, to meet; to energise and to rest. It will be a space to hold events and markets, to make speeches and to exhibit – a place to take a photo.”