Sep 23, 2020

Building Brum blog series: Designing for health and wellbeing at Digbeth

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Tommy Clark, Associate Landscape Architect at SEW, has contributed a thought piece discussing our approach to health and wellbeing at Digbeth. This is part of a blog series being published ahead of ''Digbeth: The Future is Creative'' webinar taking place on the 24th September 2020. Tickets are free, with registration details further down this page.

Digbeth already has a strong sense of identity and community. Feeling part of a community and identifying with a place is an important aspect of health and wellbeing. The design proposals aim to foster and build on this sense of community by retaining the existing community facilities currently found on site, retaining and amplifying the existing character of Digbeth, providing more diversity to building uses in order to allow a greater variety of business and residents to move to Digbeth, providing community focused activities within the public realm such as event spaces, growing’s spaces and space for play and exercise.”
Tommy Clarke Associate Landscape Architect

As the Project Landscape Architect for Digbeth, I have been passionate about ensuring Studio Egret West's framework for this community places health and wellbeing at the forefront. Whilst Digbeth has a unique and special character, as well as many positive qualities, in its current condition, it is dominated by the presence of cars, it can be difficult to navigate, many of the former industrial buildings are in need of repair, the River Rea is unloved and polluted, and there is little public space away from roads for people to use. Our framework design aims to resolve these issues whilst retaining Digbeth’s unique character, making Digbeth into a place that people enjoy living, working and spending time in. To achieve this ambition, the following themes have been developed with health and wellbeing in mind.

Continue reading on our propositions page:

Hosted by Turley, Oval and Studio Egret West, the webinar organised by Building Brum is taking place on 24th September. Panellists include Studio Egret West's David West discussing what currently makes Digbeth a unique place, and how its history will shape its future

You can register for the free event here:


Building Brum blog series: Designing for health and wellbeing at Digbeth