Category Archives: Big City Plan

City Centre Public Realm Briefing

A Foreword by John McDermott, Chairman of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum:

‘Given all the major changes to the city centre public realm it is easy to loose sight of the big picture. At this month’s City Centre Strategic Board Meeting this briefing paper was presented. It gives a clear overview of the city centre plans completed, in progress and to come. I hope you find it interesting and informative.’ Continue reading

The Future of the Midlands Metro

od4a9704The future development of the Metro tram system is organised differently from the Snow Hill to Grand Central one which opened on 30 May 2016. Further extensions to the existing network will be of great benefit to  West Midlands folk and visitors and should encourage new business investment in the region.  Continue reading

Big City Plan Update – the Eastside Masterplan

Big City Plan LogoBirmingham City Council has issued another document describing its vision for the future of the Eastside of Birmingham City Centre. This is one of the Five Areas of Transformation in the of the Big City Plan, which is a developing initiative.
The latest document is 40 pages long!  It’s a very good document, though, with much more details than in previous ones. There’s lots of artists impressions and photos of current scenes – well worth a read!
This is a vision, and there will be consultations as the details develop. You can give your opinions and ideas:
Contact – Development Directorate, Birmingham City Council
Call: 0121 303 4507
View the document.

Geoff Caine

Vision for Movement – one year on

A group of city partners, Centro, Birmingham City Council, National Express West Midlands, and the city centre’s four BIDs, launched a strategic plan – the Vision for Movement – a year ago in November 2010 to generate some ‘joined up’ thinking for getting around the city centre. On Wednesday morning, Nov 9, more than 100 key figures from the city’s business community attended the ‘Vision for Movement – One Year On’ briefing to hear how the last 12 months have seen high profile transport projects forge ahead. Two of your committee members were amongst this select gathering. Continue reading

Plans Revealed to make Birmingham a “Connected City”

Connected City Brochure FrontThe 4 year plan to convert Birmingham into a Connected City is getting more and more publicity. A new website is in operation and is being improved daily, so it’s worth  paying return visits. This is really informative.

This is important and feed back on the ideas is needed to halp tailor the plans to what the people of Birmingham really want for their city and their personal needs. You can give your views via the above website by choosing More then Comment. Or click here to get to the form directly.

If you want more information or have questions do visit the Centro Exhibitions in Birmingham during the next month, starting on Saturday 26 March. For dates and locations see Dates for your diary.

Geoff Caine

Changes to city centre transport that will affect you

Birmingham City Council and Centro are proposing to change how transport links operate in the City centre area. These will be major changes, happening in a couple of years. Consultation and action are starting in the course of this year and we should be prepared to respond, as necessary.

Centro are creating a dedicated website at giving lots of information about the proposals. However, as it isn’t ready yet – 22 March 2011 – I have written this provisional report using Centro’s material. Continue reading

Library of Birmingham – new The Site magazine now out

The Site winter edition

Library of Birmingham 'The Site' magazine winter edition

The Winter edition of The Site magazine about the Library of Birmingham development is now out. Carillion have sent us a copy. (Thanks!) You can read the .pdf version by clicking on the picture.

Since the last issue the two main lift/stair wells – core A and core B have been completed, showing the height of the building.

Also featured:

– Conservative Conference

– Site visits

– Apprentices

– Who’s Who

– What’s next

Next Steps for New Street Station development

Stevenson Tower

The soon to be 'deconstructed' Stevenson Tower by New Street Station

Forum committee member David Foster attended a progress briefing yesterday on the New Street station redevelopment.

One of the targets for end 2010 is to complete the ‘deconstruction’ of Stevenson Tower. ‘Demolition’ is a forbidden word for this activity – the building will be taken down piece by piece. There will be no wrecking ball or explosives used because its foundations are intimately bound up with the station structure.

The next platform to be closed off will be no. 12. Currently platform 1 is being rebuilt and should be opened during early 2011; thereafter platform 12 will be closed off. The platform refurbishment will proceed one-at-a-time.

Another target for end 2010 is to extend the access bridge at the Navigation Street end to cover the platforms not currently accessible to it.

Although the new station will have 8 entrances, it appears that in the minds of the station management the ‘main entrance’ for the new station will be that on the Station Street/Hill Street side. This will have long term implications for connections between Southside and the rest of the city centre, and also affect attitudes towards that area.


Birmingham Big City Plan and Transport Strategy – public meeting and consultation

Big City Plan logo and picture of a the Metro

Birmingham Big City Plan and Vision for Movement Transport Strategy

A chance for residents to get involved with how our city centre is run and will develop.

The Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Forum is holding a public meeting, including Big City Plan consultation workshops, on 24th November 2010 at 6:45pm in the Museum and Art Gallery Learning Zone.

At the end there will be an opportunity for city centre residents who wish to get even more involved with improving our city centre life to stand for election to the Neighbourhood Forum committee at our short AGM. We need volunteers!

Our guest speakers are:

Councillor Tim Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration.

Gary Taylor, Chair of the Broad Street BID (Business Improvement District) and Joint Managing Director of Argent UK.

Richard Cowell, Big City Plan, Birmingham City Council.

Please come to the Great Charles Street entrance of the Museum and Art Gallery.

Read on for map, agenda, etc…

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Birmingham Big City Plan Update

Big City Plan - City Centre Masterplan

Birmingham City Council has updated its Big City Plan and published information on the web site Birmingham Big City Plan web site.

A Masterplan document was published in September this year. You can watch a video, view the document on-line or download a copy on the site.

Also the Council is keen to have your comments on the plan and you can make these on the web site.

Worth a look!

Geoff Caine

Creative Republic Big City Plan Meeting Rescheduled

Stop press!

The Creative Republic Big City Plan meeting was cancelled on Monday – some sort of problem with snow I believe!

It has been rescheduled from 6pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 11th February 2009 

In the Banqueting Suite, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

The format remains the same with the event featuring a presentation on the Big City Plan with a discussion afterwards that will be written up as a formal submission to the consultation process.

Read more about it.

Have Your Say – Big City Plan

Hurry! The official consultation period finishes 6th February!

Its your chance to tell our council how you would like to see the city develop in the years to come!

Monday 2nd February 2009

Are you associated with Creative Republic or make your living in the creative industries? Or are you a member of Birmingham Futures? If so, this meeting about the Big City Plan on Monday night could be the one for you…

Tuesday 3rd March 2009

Alternatively a representative from the City Centre Development Team will be present to discuss the Big City Plan at a Ladywood Constituency public meeting about it 3 March 2009 at 7pm at Ladywood Community and Health Centre, Ladywood.


If you can’t attend a meeting, why not have your say online?

The Birmingham Bloggers group have ‘translated’ the Big City Plan into Plain English, and enabled people to leave their comments against each section. . Even better – do both!