City Centre Public Realm Improvements Consultation

Birmingham City Council, alongside Retail and Colmore Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), are consulting on plans to enhance the public realm in the city centre and create an attractive, welcoming and safe environment to attract more visitors to Birmingham city centre which will facilitate economic growth.

The scheme will:

  • Enhance the public realm using new high-quality paving materials throughout the scheme area, whilst reinstating heritage paving in sections of Victoria Square
  • Create a kerb free pedestrian route for passengers travelling from New Street Station to the retail and business centre
  • Widen footways, where possible,toprovideeasier connectivity for pedestrians
  • Replace the temporary HVM measures that have been in place for several years with permanent, less intrusive, measures at occasions within the public realm
  • Extend Victoria Square into Colmore Row and Waterloo Street forming a larger pedestrian space
  • Remove one tree from Waterloo Street that is in decline and replace with one new tree in a nearby location
  • Improve and enhance the street lighting, making the area feel safer for all
  • Improve wayfinding for all
  • Upgrade the street furniture by replacing the existing with high-quality street furniture
  • Repair ¬†and restore The River fountain in Victoria Square


Proposed loading restrictions

Birmingham City Council are proposing to extend the existing pedestrian zone and loading restrictions to standardise operation times to 7am to 7pm seven days a week to ensure a safe and secure environment for pedestrians during times of busy footfall.


Have your say, click here for the full consultation document. Consultation closes 21 Feb 2020

Construction is expected to begin in 2020.



There are also two drop-in events, where you can see the plans for yourself and talk to the project team.





Head of Steam

Somerset House, 36 Temple Street, Birmingham

Wednesday 5 February 2020


Council House

Victoria Square, Birmingham
B1 1BB

Wednesday 12 February 2020