Shining a Spotlight on Birmingham’s City Centre Transformation

30 Apr 2019

The City of a Thousand Trades, Birmingham has been a business-base hotspot for many years. Only beaten in size by the country’s capital, Birmingham is a thriving hub of activity and naturally needs the best facilities in order to maintain that. There have been a number of developments in Birmingham in recent years, as well as many ongoing projects that are set to renovate the city centre for the modern age of business.

Join Propsellers as we explore a handful of the latest and greatest developments changing the city.

Centenary Square

Centenary Square is the iconic public square of Birmingham, hosting a number of events throughout the year such as markets and even a temporary ice rink over Christmas. From 2017, however, the site has been undergoing major redevelopments.

Designed by Graham Massie Architects, the work is expected to be completed by summer 2019. Currently, the Hall of Memory has been reopened as one of the first phases of the Centenary Square’s completion. With water jet displays and numerous lighting columns, the square will certainly present a dazzling display.

The World’s Biggest Primark

Spanning five floors, Birmingham is now home to the world’s largest Primark store. It’s a shopaholic’s delight — heading to Birmingham’s newest Primark will ensure all bases are covered for a day’s shopping. Homeware, clothing, and beauty products are all on offer, but with this being the biggest Primark store, there are a number of additional services within its space. For starters, there’s a Disney-themed café as one of three food outlets in-store, as well as a fully equipped in-house beauty studio. Here, you’ll be able to wrap up a day of shopping with a whole host of beauty treatments, such as make-up, hair, nails, eyebrows, and eyelashes.

Plus, if you’ve been dragged along, never fear — there’s a seated area with phone charging stations.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

If you’re wanting to see the world’s largest public Pre-Raphaelite art collection, best make time to head to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The museum and its numerous art galleries are soon to close for an extended three-year break in order to facilitate a huge refurbishment process. Originally, the site was set to close in October 2019. But now the council states the work may be delayed, and that the museum will close instead after the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Part of the process will see a new arts centre opening in Yardley alongside the current centre. The project is set to bring more space to display the museum’s vast number of artefacts, many of which are still in storage at Nechells’ Museum Collection Centre.

An exciting road to the future of the city

Birmingham city centre is certainly in for an exciting few years, between both the numerous refurbishment projects completing and commencing in the city of late and the excitement of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Sources

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/seven-things-excited-birmingham-2019-15605314

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/fashion/style/a19150901/birmingham-worlds-biggest-primark/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-45044473

https://www.galliardhomes.com/investor-information/investor-guides/guide/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-birmingham

http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/about

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-museum-closure-delayed-until-15440499

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