Jewellery Quarter Squared in Gold
Following my post in February 2009, Squaring the Jewellery Quarter, which noted the City Council's plans for a new square to boost the area plans have been submitted to the planning committee, Birmingham £1.5m Golden Square plans submitted.
The new public square fronting the Big Peg office block on Vyse Street is being developed by Birmingham City Council as a "Golden Square" for the Jewellery Quarter aimed at boosting the area and providing space for events and as a meeting point. Capital Lovejoy, the land planning division of Capita Symonds is leading a design team made up of architects Bryant Priest Newman and engineers Ramboll.
The quarter, which is currently bidding for World Heritage status, is home to more than 1500 businesses and 200 listed buildings, and produces over 40% of all the jewellery manufactured in the UK each year.
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.” http://www.publicpropertyuk.com/2010/05/27/birmingham-1-5m-golden-square-plans-submitted/
Images of the square design are shown below: