Category Archives: Buildings, regeneration and that

Digbeth Car Rentals

Digbeth is on the brink of various changes, and I personally am concerned that this means the commercialisation of our area with (gasp) chains. One thing that keeps Digbeth different from other parts of the city is our high concentration … Continue reading

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Plans for The Paragon

The Paragon Hotel has seen its fair share of changes in its history. Originally built in 1903 by Lord Rowton to provide accommodation for migrant workers from Ireland, the grade II listed building became The Paragon Hotel in 1993. Given … Continue reading

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Connaught Square – A bridge too far?

Recently we published Digbeth Residents Association’s comments in response to the planning application for Connaught Square. Joe Holyoak focused on the development in his latest column in the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post, and we’ve included some choice comments below: … Continue reading

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January 2017 Meeting of DRA

When: Monday 9 January 2017, 18:00-19:30 Where: The Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Digbeth, B12 0LD Digbeth Residents Association invite you to their first meeting of 2017, to be held at the Old Crown on Monday 9 January. Representatives for … Continue reading

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Wholesale Memory

Birmingham’s markets were established by Royal Charter in 1166; the Wholesale Market opened in 1883, with the current market buildings opening in February 1974. As they will soon disappear to make way for the Smithfield development, Friction Arts have secured … Continue reading

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Connaught Square – Comments

By now, hopefully everyone is aware of the plans for Connaught Square (the land bounded by Digbeth High Street, Rea Street, Bradford Street and Stone Yard). After consultation with Digbeth residents and other parties with an interest in the area, … Continue reading

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Expensive Digbeth

So, you see this headline in the Birmingham Mail: Revealed: The most expensive areas to rent in Birmingham. You would be forgiven for thinking the rest of the article continued with a list of the usual suspects (Harborne, Sutton Coldfield, … Continue reading

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The Forum, Smithfield

The Forum – the first development as part of Birmingham’s huge, ambitious and landmark Smithfield project – was launched recently, with a ceremonial concrete pour by city leaders. Based on Pershore Street on the former Silver Blades ice rink site, … Continue reading

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Connaught Square – The Plans

Plans for the long-awaited Connaught Square in Digbeth have finally been submitted to Birmingham City Council, attracting the attention of the media and public. The plans include 940 apartments, 65,000 sq foot of commercial space and a public promenade bordering … Continue reading

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space_play vs Millennium Point

Millennium Point has commissioned Digbeth creative skills studio space_play to create a 3D framed sculpture in celebration of the building’s 15th anniversary later this year. Founded by architectural/urban designers, Jay Rajpra and Adam Carthy, space_play is an architecture and design … Continue reading

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