£25m revamp of Birmingham city centre announced

Plans for a £25 million regeneration of Birmingham’s city centre have been revealed as the city prepares to welcome half a million more visitors to the city during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The multi-million improvements to public spaces in the city centre, set out in the report for Birmingham City Council’s cabinet, will include: renewing 40,000 sq m of public realm; repairing and restoring the River fountain in Victoria Square; extending the pedestrian area around Victoria Square; improving security measures at 19 city centre locations; and replacing pavement, lighting columns, CCTV and street furniture.

The proposed works will be carried out in two phases, with the works programme also set to include permanent hostile vehicle security (HVM) measures as part of a comprehensive safety and security strategy for the city centre.

Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Our city centre welcomes more than 42 million people a year, and following the regeneration works around Centenary Square and Paradise, it’s now time for us to revitalise the business and retail areas. Birmingham 2022 provides us with an opportunity to bring forward these improvements and these exciting plans will ensure we can offer a world-class welcome to all for the Commonwealth Games – and beyond.”