The new steps have been relaid several times to my knowledge, I can’t imagine why. It’s taken many months to construct them and the completion and opening took place on 1 April, that’s 4 months since the refurbished and re-branded (from NIA) arena opened on 2 December with a Michael Bublé concert.
Just in time for the sunny Easter weather (fingers crossed), I applaud this addition to the very smart new facade of the arena.
The steps face SSE with an open aspect so, on a fine day, they should be bathed in sunlight for many hours. For many, sitting in the sun is a joy and so I would expect the steps to quickly become a favourite place to enjoy a picnic of tapas or a burger from the cafés at the top of the steps.
I imagine the steps have been created to attract event visitors to return for more. Be that as it may, they are also a very welcome addition for city centre locals.
I don’t think that Birmingham developers use our great hereditary canal asset as much as they could, so this new feature is a step in the right direction. Couple this with the re-opening of the enhanced canal side Fiddle & Bone pub just 100 metres to the west and the area should become a mega attraction for locals, boaters and visitors to the city alike.
Article by Geoff Caine
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