Local residents, businesses and visitors are invited to have their say on a £25 million pound regeneration scheme in Birmingham city centre.

Areas such as New Street, Temple Street and Victoria Square will be transformed to help improve to the city centre’s public realm ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

How New Street could look after the regeneration work

The outline business case for the plans to improve to the city centre’s public realm ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, was approved by the councils Cabinet on 29 October 2019 with the full business case due in April 2020.

The proposed works will be carried out in two phases. The first will include improvements to Victoria Square, Colmore Row, Bennetts Hill, Waterloo Street, New Street, Ethel Street, Lower Temple Street and Temple Street. The second phase will incorporate areas around Temple Row, High Street, Union Street, Union Passage, Warwick Passage and Needless Alley.

Security Barriers on New Street near HSBC Bank – Image by Elliot Brown

The works will also include permanent hostile vehicle security (HVM) measures as part of the city centre comprehensive safety and security strategy. The security measures will be integrated into the street scene and will replace the temporary black and yellow barriers that have been in place for several years.

Creating a gateway to the Commonwealth Games and providing a lasting legacy for Birmingham, the council said the regeneration work will enhance the city centre visitor experience, support retail business and create a cleaner environment.

How Temple Street could look in a few years time

The consultation can be found on the councils Birmingham Be Heard website at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/citycentrepublicrealm

Public consultation drop-in events will also be held in the city centre:

  • Wednesday 5 February: Head of Steam, Temple Street, 12pm-3pm
  • Wednesday 12 February: Rooms 3 and 4, Council House, Victoria Square, 3.30pm-6.30pm.

Those unable to access the internet can pick up a consultation leaflet and paper questionnaire at the Library of Birmingham from today.

The consultation closes at 11.59pm on Friday, 21 February 2020.