Eastside masterplan in line for national award

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Long-term vision to regenerate parts of Eastside and Digbeth and bring Typhoo Wharf building back to life makes shortlist.

A masterplan which is set transform Birmingham's Eastside and Digbeth districts has been shortlisted for a national award.

We first reported last year that designs were being drawn up for a new 'Knowledge Hub' which could include a new outdoor cinema and a new future for the neglected Typhoo Wharf building.

Urban Design Group, the UK's national body for urban design, has shortlisted the project alongside three others in its annual awards for best practice.

The masterplan was put together by Birmingham-based urban planners Node in partnership with Birmingham City University and comprises many different elements for the areas around Jennens Road, Curzon Street, Birmingham City University's new campus and Digbeth.

Among the many proposed developments are a new plaza and public square off James Watt Queensway, reducing Jennens Road down to one lane, a new cinema square outside Millennium Point and a mixed-use development in the Typhoo Wharf building, home to the famous tea brand until 1978.

Node's managing director Nigel Wakefield said: "The whole team is thrilled at being shortlisted for the award.

"The Knowledge Hub was a hugely significant project for us and we are incredibly proud of the results, creating an ambitious masterplan for a key part of Birmingham, which drew on all of our in house skills of urban design, landscape and heritage."

The winning scheme will be announced at the National Urban Design Awards on March 2.

The public can vote for the Knowledge Hub project in an online competiton on the Urban Design Group website.

Source: Tamlyn Jones - Birmingham Post

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