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2021 West Midlands Activity Review Part 3: New Cultural Museums, Perry Barr Master Plan and M&S in Motion

Our 2021 review has reached the summer months and the announcement of the opening of several cultural attractions as part of a £ 260million mixed-use development in Birmingham.

New plans were unveiled in July for a Birmingham Museum of Youth Culture and Music Archives after agreements were made with the developers of a major project at Digbeth.

The Museum of Youth Culture will face a new public park and celebrate the social movements, subcultures, sounds and styles that span generations and genres from post-war to present-day Britain. hui.

The museum will also host a permanent exhibition from the Birmingham Music Archive, celebrating the history and culture of the city through permanent and temporary exhibitions and events.

The larger Upper Trinity Street development also contains plans for a new boxing academy, nearly 1,000 residential units, a hotel, and commercial space.



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A great master plan to transform the Perry Barr neighborhood of Birmingham over the next two decades has been unveiled.

Among the flagship projects were a new athletics museum, a nod to the neighborhood’s Alexander Stadium, housing, shopping and leisure spaces.

Appropriately referred to as the Perry Barr 2040 Master Plan, its proposals also include the reallocation of the bus garage at the Perry Barr Village site to provide community space, site development at Birchfield Gateway and new landscaping at Perry Park. Lobby.

This work would expand the vast swathes of already huge investments that were pouring into the region ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, including a housing estate on the former University of Birmingham City campus and renovations for railway stations and road.

In another sign that the office is not dead post-covid, Arup announced in August that it was moving 1,000 employees from its West Midlands hub in Solihull to Birmingham city center.

The built environment consultancy has reached a deal with the £ 700million Paradise project for three floors of the new One Centenary Way building which is currently under construction.

The company, which employs 6,000 people in 17 offices across the UK, is the first occupant to register for space in the 13-story block which is expected to be completed in early 2023.

Birmingham’s Bullring Shopping Center received a boost when the Main Street Pillar Mark & ​​Spencer announced that he was moving.

The retailer is currently based near the High Street, but has struck a deal to take back part of the massive anchor unit released by Debenhams after it closed earlier this year.

The move is expected to be completed in late 2022 or early 2023, with the 150 staff moving to the new store, which will sell clothing and housewares and have a food hall, in the lower two floors of the four floors of the unity.



The West Midlands Tube has been extended along Broad Street to Hagley Road, but could it go even further?
The West Midlands Tube has been extended along Broad Street to Hagley Road, but could it go even further?

Transport chiefs laid out plans for a bold £ 1.7bn funding offer to boost services in the region in September.

The main act of the master plan was to build a new tram line on the A456 Hagley Road west of Birmingham city center, bringing the system beyond Five Ways to where an extension is currently under construction.

It is one of four new tram lines West Midlands transport chiefs want to build, in addition to a fourth platform at Snow Hill station, a business case for the Sutton Park railway line, which is currently only freight, a new station at Tettenhall and redevelopment of Solihull station.

There was no sign the covid pandemic was slowing the pace of development of the £ 700million flagship Paradise scheme.

A trio of new plans were unveiled in September, which will complete phase two of the work at Chamberlain Square.

The developers are seeking permission to construct a new 180,000 square foot office building called Three Chamberlain Square next to City Hall and a 17-story hotel next door, both facing Paradise Street.

The third request is for a series of new public plazas and pedestrian paths through the site which will also see the return of statues of James Watt and Joseph Priestley.



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“Urgent action” was needed to speed up the installation of electric vehicle charging points in the Midlands region, transport chiefs said in September.

A new report from Midlands Connection suggested that, based on current data and trends, 11 charging points per day should be installed to meet the demand of electric vehicle drivers who cannot charge their vehicle at home.

At present, less than one in 100 vehicles is an electric vehicle, he said, but in order to meet the growing number of vehicles, 39,410 new public charging stations need to be installed in the Midlands of here the end of the decade.

The installation of 11 new points every day until the end of 2030 and the speed of the installations necessary to achieve these goals is more than six times the current rate.