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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:00 PM   #441
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New Street is dated and it is frustrating to see it like that. One of the things that is starting to frustrate me now about some of these public realm proposals (Church St Sq, Golden Square, Albion Square etc) is that there's no joined up thinking behind them. There's not something that connects all these or a grand vision as to how these spaces work.

Liverpool has a public realm masterplan which has been in the process of implementation for a few years now. It's seen the streets throughout the city centre repaved with high quality materials and there's a typology that threads through. Go to any German city and the same can be seen.

If any improvements should be made to streets or squares in the city centre, it should be done as part of a wider plan so that the paving materials of one street don't clash with that of another (ie. where High Street meets New Street).

If the paving being used to resurface Corporation Street matches that of what will be introduced around New Street station then it is these that the city should use as a template for the rest of the city centre.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 09:22 PM   #442
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Digbeth High St should start with having a re-furb and my idea is to widen the central reservation into a Rambla-style walkway with lots of areas for landscaping, coffee sellers, magazine / news-sellers, florists all the way down to the Custard Factory. The parapet walling could be in mosaic styling or granite or whatever. This could be a ground level "skyline" and a practice exercise. The road can be turned into a 2-lane dual-carriageway - no bus-lanes though for better traffic flow.
That's my idea at least....


Its also about time they Demolished that ugly old derelict Chinese Supermarket next to the Dubliner, its rotten to the core and is a discrace to visitors arriving at the much improved Coach station. Knock it down NOW
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Old November 8th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #443
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Almost everything in Digbeth is rotten!
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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #444
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Almost everything in Digbeth is rotten!


You expect it on the side streets of Digbeth becouse thats what it is, but not next to our shiny new coach station and on Digbeth High Street.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #445
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Old December 14th, 2012, 02:06 PM   #446
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Are they going to rebuild the mural there too?
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Old December 14th, 2012, 02:10 PM   #447
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Yeah. It has already been rebuilt, and just need positioning now. See http://www.buddmosaic.blogspot.co.uk...teel-work.html for a blog about its reconstruction.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #448
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Pieced together -JFK Memorial Mosaic

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As Birmingham gears up ready to celebrate St Patrick's Day with it's annual parade the route will see a new addition with the installation of the reconstructed JFK memorial on the corner of Floodgate Street and Digbeth High Street.

The artwork was created following the Irish community's commissioning of Kenneth Budd to create an artwork following the President's assassination in 1963. The community raised £5,000 of donations and the artwork was installed in St Chad's Circus near to the Roman Catholic St Chad's Cathedral. It remained there until the redevelopment of St Chad's Circus when it was put in storage in 2007 following it's dismantling to allow the surface level road junction to be created.

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Saw the JFK mural last week, thought it looked really good, and adds to digbeth high street pretty much opposite the irish centre. I take it this is going to be it's final position? I can remember it in amongst all the concrete and pigeons in the old Bull Ring.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:17 PM   #450
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I can remember it in amongst all the concrete and pigeons in the old Bull Ring.
pretty sure it was never in the bullring hence why you don't remember it
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Old March 20th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #451
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St Chads buried inside a traffic island...
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Old April 28th, 2014, 08:46 PM   #452
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Digbeth as seen from the train (from Proof House Junction to the New Street tunnel)

The last 45 seconds. Started the video in Aston. Stopped in Duddeston. Started again (before approaching Proof House Junction). Stopped it before entering the tunnel!

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Old June 25th, 2014, 12:13 AM   #453
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Custard Factory owner Lucan Gray on the future for Digbeth and Birmingham
Jun 24, 2014 11:53 By Birmingham Post

Digbeth is home to the largest cluster of creative and digital businesses outside London, with 400 businesses employing 2,000 people in the creative and digital sectors

It is 21 years since the Custard Factory first opened its doors and kickstarted the regeneration of Digbeth as Birmingham’s creative and digital quarter. Owner Lucan Gray , who renovated and launched The Custard Factory with his father Bennie Gray in 1993, looks at Birmingham’s opportunities to become a world-class creative city.

“In the early 1990s when we first began work on the Custard Factory Digbeth was the epitome of post industrial urban decline – a sprawl of beautiful but derelict historic buildings next to the city centre, which were being considered for demolition.

“My father Bennie knew there was something special about the buildings the moment he saw them. He came up with the madcap idea to create a new place for creative and artistic people to set up in business. This was much to his bank manager’s horror.

“Luckily he ignored the man in the pinstripe suit and got stuck in. He engaged Glenn Howells as architect and charged me with getting it all built. Glenn and I worked intensively for a year and in August 93 the Custard Factory was launched. It was full before the marketing brochures were back from the printers.

“Over subsequent years, further phases were added and the working community grew and grew. It also morphed to address the changing creative economy – digital became a bigger and bigger part of everything. In 2008 I launched Fazeley Studios specifically to cater for ambitious high growth creative and digital companies.

Gibb Street Shops, within Custard FactoryGibb Street Shops, within Custard Factory
“Today, Digbeth is home to the largest cluster of creative and digital businesses outside London, with 400 businesses employing 2,000 people in the creative and digital sectors, ranging from innovative start ups and SMEs to established companies such as Maverick TV and North One TV and global brands such as ASOS.

“Maverick is interesting – it started in the first phase of the Custard Factory and now employs people in London and Birmingham and produces programmes we have all seen.

“This isn’t even mostly down to Digbeth, it is of course down to the brilliant people like Jonnie Turpie who founded and led the business, but I like to think having the Digbeth working community as its context has played a part in the process.

“Soon BBC Birmingham will also launch its ‘Guerilla Unit’ in Fazeley Studios, which will use the most cutting edge technology to invent new ways to take BBC content to audiences, working on projects with BBC brands from 1 Xtra, Radio 1 and BBC Three to CBBC and BBC News.

“So what’s next for Digbeth and for Birmingham?

“Over the next decade, I hope Birmingham will invest and build upon its reputation in the creative industries and be a globally competitive creative and digital city.

“It is a real, achievable goal for the city which will create thousands of new jobs and attract inward investment in a short timescale. Importantly it can transform the often unfair national media perceptions of Birmingham and make us into a city with a story.

“The creative and digital sector provides very strong growth opportunities. It gives Birmingham a way to tap into new international markets. Moreover, the creative industries have a far wider impact than its direct economic benefits. Research shows that clusters of creative businesses foster innovation and collaboration, which has a knock on effect for many other industries, and they transform the perception and profile of an area.

“Digbeth has already transformed from an area in decline to a cultural and creative hub, with the city’s largest collection of independent shops, galleries, cultural venues and annual festivals, providing for the creatives already in the area and attracting new ones to locate there.

Claire DaviesBennie Gray (second left) and Lucan Gray (centre) receive the Great Place award at the 2014 Urbanism AwardsBennie Gray (second left) and Lucan Gray (centre) receive the Great Place award at the 2014 Urbanism Awards
“People are often surprised to find out what there is in Digbeth – things like the brilliant modern art gallery Eastside Projects run by Gavin Wade and Ruth Claxton.

“We have an outstandingly innovative, strong creative community in place which has continued to thrive and grow even through the depths of the recession.

“Birmingham’s talent pool is outstanding. Greater Birmingham now produces more graduates in creative disciplines and has more young people taking part in creative apprenticeships than anywhere else in the UK outside London.

“This is one of the key factors that helped us to win ASOS’s first regional office outside London, now based at the Custard Factory. Creative, innovative companies are as good as the people they employ and ASOS saw the city as a great untapped opportunity to recruit the best new staff to drive their next phase of growth.

“There is still a lot more work to do. Birmingham has no major production facilities for example, no home for its strong but now itinerant TV and screen industries workforce since the closure of BBC and ITV facilities.

“Birmingham also does not have a strong united voice and although national media perception is improving, it is often influenced by outdated and unfair perceptions of the city.

“In order to address this, the city needs to be bold. We need distinct and recognisably ‘Birmingham’ projects.

“Most of all, we need the confidence and the cohesion to shout together about what we are doing as a creative city with the potential to grow and attract the best businesses and the best talent in the world.”
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New car park next to Digbeth Court. So assume those garages under the viaduct are no longer in use. It stretches all the way to the graffiti wall (next to the Shisha wrecked building).

Also St Martin's Garage (between The Dubliner and South & City College Birmingham Fusion 2) has been finally boarded up (was an eyesore for years!).
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Indeed, looks better already.


Now where is the Graffiti.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 10:44 PM   #456
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You know this wall!



Billboard above has gone!

Used to be various cars parked here! Now assume anyone who parks here has to pay £1 per hour (or something like that).



Photos from March 2014 btw
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Old August 24th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #458
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The Beans Group, which runs youth media brand Student Beans and Voxburner; a youth insights consultancy, is creating a new hub at The Custard Factory, Digbeth to fuel its global ambitions.

The Beans Group, which was named Digital Business of the Year 2013, is recruiting for a number of positions in the city, including software developers, front-end developers and web designers. The new team will work closely with the London office to develop mobile and web products that will be used by millions of young people around the world.

The creation of a first regional office takes the business back to where it all started. Brothers James and Michael Eder founded Student Beans in Birmingham back in 2005, going door to door signing up local businesses to offer a student discount that would be promoted via the website. As a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, James came up with the idea for Student Beans as part of a final year project and the brothers were committed to making a difference to the lives of students, but also to the local business in the area. A year later the website went national and there is now a team of almost 50 based in the London office, working with clients such as Google, YouTube, Microsoft, The Economist, O2, Merlin Entertainment and more.

Michael Eder, Managing Director of The Beans Group, says:

“This exciting step will give us access to the strong talent in the digital sector that is available in the Midlands. It takes the business back to our original roots and the city that gave us the platform to help us get to where we are today. We’re very familiar with the city, its vibrant youth culture and the great things it can offer and through our recruitment of both full-time positions and internships, we hope to give back to the local student community that was so influential at the beginning of our journey.”

This UK expansion will provide an exciting platform to further the company’s international ambitions. Voxburner’s Youth Marketing Strategy conference is heading to New York for the first time in June after four successful years in London, providing a springboard to launch Student Beans in the US and the opportunity to develop a platform of international websites and mobile apps across the globe.

The Beans Group are currently recruiting a number of roles in Birmingham and London.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #459
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City of Colours Festival - Digbeth - 6th Sept 2014

This one at Lower Trinity Street / Adderley Street


This one by Inkie near the Custard Factory
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Looking on K4 architects I have found a few interesting projects in Digbeth. Some of these appear new or perhaps I had forgotten about them:

http://www.k4architects.com/duddesto...uct/4578897594

http://www.k4architects.com/warwick-...ham/4578724285

http://www.k4architects.com/junction...ham/4578897742

http://www.k4architects.com/b3-birmingham/4579324716
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