Latest images of Birmingham Southside development plans released

Images showing how an area in front of Birmingham Hippodrome would be transformed into a public square have been released, as the regeneration of the city’s Southside continues apace.

The images from Birmingham City Council and Southside BID of Hippodrome Square show how the development will look from Hurst Street, with the space being available for everyday activities, markets and special events.

The plans also include previously shared imagery of a 40ft traditional Chinese arch, to be installed on Ladywell Walk as phase two of the project.

Work on the regeneration project is due to start in spring/summer 2020, subject to necessary approvals. Public consultations will take place between July 17 and July 19.

Regarded as one of the most diverse areas of the city, the development will connect Birmingham’s theatres with Chinatown, the Gay Village and the upcoming Smithfield regeneration, all acting as drivers of footfall to the district.

The area is also set to to benefit from the Timber Yard scheme, the first large-scale residential development for private sale in Birmingham’s Southside for a decade.

Existing cycle routes will be retained in the current plans, with access to New Street Station improved through increased separation between vehicles and cyclists along Hill Street.

Julia Robinson, manager of Southside BID, said: “Well known as one of the most diverse and creative areas of Birmingham, Southside BID supports a diverse range of businesses. This truly unique public space will create a cultural heart for Southside to further promote the area whilst celebrating and highlighting a huge range of local talent.

Not only will this be a great opportunity to attract new visitors and tourists to the Southside district, it will also increase dwell time and provide an exciting new space for events, festivals and entertainment to take place and act as a magnet to drive footfall.”

James Wong, chairman of the Chinese Festival Committee and director of Chung Ying Group, said: “Hippodrome Square and the Chinese Arch have been in our plans for a long while, and we’re glad that work could be starting early next year.

“This project will be a true celebration of Chinese culture, and could become a landmark for the entire city.”

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