Capita Lovejoy submit plans for Birmingham’s ‘Golden Square’
Plans for a new £1.5m public square in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter have been submitted to the City Council. Designed by Capita Lovejoy – Capita Symonds’ land planning division – the ‘Golden Square’ development will be at the heart of the city’s Jewellery Quarter which is home to more than 1500 businesses, 200 listed buildings, and produces over 40% of all the jewellery manufactured in the UK every year.
Capita Lovejoy is leading a design team which includes architects Bryant Priest Newman; public artists David Patten and Jenny Peet; engineers Ramboll; lighting designers Light Bureau; and digital media consultants Substrakt. The revamp is one of the first new projects in Birmingham City Council’s ‘Big City Plan’ which will see the city centre transformed over the next few years. The ‘Golden Square’ plans feature a concept whereby a series of ‘exposed seams’ run like needles on a compass out towards the district’s traditional material sources and global trading partners such as the USA, Australia and South Africa. These highly reflective alignments shape the available space, manage the topography, and accommodate seating, lighting and fountains.
Andy Williams, Managing Director of Capita Lovejoy’s Birmingham office said: “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.” To read a previous article outlining the plans for the ‘Golden Square’ development, click here.