Golden Square in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter will be a high quality 24-hour public space for organised events and more spontaneous activities, attracting new visitors and businesses to the area.
It is part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan Initiatives Programme which seeks to deliver projects that transform the city centre, encouraging people and businesses to live, work, visit and invest in the city by making it more attractive and increasing the cultural offer.
The scheme will boost jobs within the Quarter’s established jewellers, creative industries and professional sectors, and promote the development of new specialist retail and leisure outlets.
Where is Golden Square?
Golden Square is located close to Jewellery Quarter landmarks and Chamberlain Clock Tower, Rose Villa Tavern and the Big Peg office building on the corner of Warstone Lane and Vyse Street. The Square can be reached by a 15-minutes walk from the city centre, of less than five minutes’ walk from the Jewellery Quarter train station.
What is Golden Square?
Golden Square is made up of three spaces – the Plaza, the Orchard and the Promenade – that drew on the heritage and craft associations of the Quarter.
Golden Square will help to:
- Create a focal point for residents, employees and visitors in the Jewellery Quarter
- Develop a space to attract and host events
- Promote the Quarter as a tourist destination and to extend the dwelling time in the area
- Promote connectivity between the Quarter and core area of the city centre
- Diversify the economic base of the Jewellery Quarter
- Attract public/private investment in the Quarter addressing derelict, vacant and underutilised space.
The physical materials that will make up the £1.6 million Square include:
- 2,500 square meters of hardstanding (blue and granite pavers) in the plaza, which contain lockable pop-up supplies for electricity and water for use in events
- 350 square meters of blue pavers forming the public highway footway
- Gold, silver and ruby-coloured seems in the hardstaning, reflecting material used in the Quarter
- 800 square meters of terraced grass lawns
- 24 mixed species trees to replace low quality trees
- A 70-square meter retail unit incorporating an interactive public information digital screen
The site will also incorporate engravings into the various materials that support the design principles of Golden Square while reflecting the history and culture of the Jewellery Quarter. The main seem across the plaza will have a poem by Ian McMillan entitled “Talking to somebody about the Jewellery Quarter”.
The project is being managed by Birmingham City Council’s Planning and Regeneration Department with consultants from Turner and Townsend and Capita. Balfour Beatty has been appointed as General Contractor. Significant support has been received from the owner and facility manager of the Big Peg and the offices of the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District.
The scheme is funded by Birmingham City Council, the European Regeneral Development Fund and Section 106 Planning Gain monies. Work commenced on site in February 2014 and completion is expected mid-October 2014, with a launch event taking place in December 2014.