The five-year scheme will include offices and live–work units, as well as public spaces, restaurants and shops. The site includes a 1960s car park as well as the Big Peg, a converted factory that has 120 workplaces for artists, photographers and jewellery designers.
The land is jointly owned by Birmingham council and business group the Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Creative Enterprises.
SPACE boss Bennie Gray said the scheme was a major opportunity to improve the quarter, which has the UK’s largest concentration of jewellery manufacturing.
We want to make the area a destination for visitors as well as a good place to live and work
Bennie Gray, SPACE
Gray said: “We want to make the area a destination for visitors as well as being a good place to live and work.
At the moment the quarter has a reputation as a great place, but it has never lived up to that reputation.”
Glenn Howells is heading a team of consultants working on the scheme, which includes QS Paul Mantele Partnership, landscape architect Churchman and structural and civil engineer WS Atkins.