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Old March 1st, 2016, 11:24 AM   #41
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If we ever want Digbrth to thrive then we need to address the high street, it's shockingly bad at the moment. Over engineered, to wide and huge breaks in ground floor retail, we should be aiming to have a constant flow of retail units from the Bull Ring down to The Rainbow.
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Old March 1st, 2016, 12:21 PM   #42
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If we ever want Digbrth to thrive then we need to address the high street, it's shockingly bad at the moment. Over engineered, to wide and huge breaks in ground floor retail, we should be aiming to have a constant flow of retail units from the Bull Ring down to The Rainbow.
I somewhat disagree, the pedestrian route through to Digbeth is more likely to be going through the wholesale markets and up Bradford Street.

That's not to say High Street isn't Important, I just can't see it being the focus here in the long term.
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Old March 1st, 2016, 12:59 PM   #43
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Pshhh, okay Djay.

I'm confused where is this development located? Right next to the Seven Capital one?
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I wonder if we'll see new plans for the Bullring trading estate opposite the custard factory any time soon
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Old March 1st, 2016, 04:41 PM   #45
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Pshhh, okay Djay.

I'm confused where is this development located? Right next to the Seven Capital one?

Yes BB. This is right next door to Fabrick Square, at the junction of Bradford St and Lombard St.

Between the two sites, there`s nearly 500 new homes to be built. JUICY!
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Old March 1st, 2016, 04:54 PM   #46
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The High Street will be looked after once the tram reaches, so 8 years more before
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Old March 1st, 2016, 05:28 PM   #47
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Pshhh, okay Djay.

I'm confused where is this development located? Right next to the Seven Capital one?
It's the over grown plot next to St Annes Church in this shot. Directly opposite the Harrison Drape site.

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Old March 1st, 2016, 06:23 PM   #48
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As BCA mentions as soon as the Bull Ring Trad Est is replaced with actual brickwork buildings with active frontages instead of corrugated tin sheds with their backs to the street, then this can help with breathing life into the High St. I'm also worried about the
S&C College moving out of the old Smithfield car showroom as they have kept this area free from desolation.
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Old March 1st, 2016, 06:28 PM   #49
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Are they actually moving the whole college? I thought it was just certain courses moving, after all there are quite a few campuses across the City.
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Think they're putting a few sites up for sale with the old showroom being one of them
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Old March 1st, 2016, 11:33 PM   #51
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I somewhat disagree, the pedestrian route through to Digbeth is more likely to be going through the wholesale markets and up Bradford Street.

That's not to say High Street isn't Important, I just can't see it being the focus here in the long term.

I agree, I also think that the metro should have been routed up Bradford Street too, and rejoined the High Street further up to continue to St Andrews. I know it would serve South Birmingham College and the Custard Factory but soon there will be one heck of a lot of residential up here compared to the route up the High Street.

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Old April 8th, 2016, 06:42 PM   #52
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This is the site next to Fabrick Sq BB.

Has anybody any idea if this has started or how it is progressing please?

B-Baggie, I don`t know if you`re doing your much anticipated photos this weekend but it would be good if you can see what`s happening here. Thanks.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #53
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I wonder if we'll see new plans for the Bullring trading estate opposite the custard factory any time soon
Hope so, what a terrible frontage that is. I love Digbeth SO much, I wish it was contagious to billionaire developers. I'm convinced though that it will fulfill its potential eventually. Overall, is the JQ getting more investment? Is it because it's maybe a bit more up-market. I'm interested in people's thoughts/comparisons on the two areas, one is seen as a real Birmingham gem, the other not so much.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 07:58 PM   #54
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I agree with you Astonian that the JQ is seen as being more upmarket but there`s a lot of love out there for Digbeth too. Possibly the names are part of the problem too. The Jewellery Quarter. Digbeth. One sounds upmarket. The other doesn`t.

That said, perhaps Digbeth is viewed more favourably in that it offers a greater possiblity of change and a wider range of opportunities than the JQ.

The fact that the JQ is a conservation area means that its potential is restricted whereas Digbeth could be a 'free for all' when it comes to development. We could get towers and more varied building heights in Digbeth.

Both areas are loved in my opinion, but just in different ways.
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Jq is very close to the colmore row. Maybe that's why it is seeing more development (?) than digbeth?
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Has anybody any idea if this has started or how it is progressing please?
I've not been past there in about a week, but last week didn't look like anything was happening there, from what I could see.

Unless I walk past, or get a bus that goes up or down Bradford Street (my main routes use the Digbeth High Street's towards Camp Hill).


The Lombard Street road sign has been cleaned up. So no longer looks like this!

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Took these from the top deck of the no 50 bus on Bradford Street. Not much going on.





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Old April 15th, 2016, 08:43 PM   #58
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Developers website with some nice visuals:

http://esrg-developments.co.uk/st-annes/
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Thanks for the link Spread

On first impression I like it;I like the brickwork although I'm not too keen on the wood panelling on one side.The courtyard facades don't appeal to me.
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That looks awesome. Seriously, just what Digbeth needs.
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