Sep 15, 2020

Building Brum blog series: How we're crafting a sustainable community for Digbeth

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Brian Mallon, Associate Director at SEW, has contributed a thought piece discussing our framework for 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.

Studio Egret West’s framework for Digbeth aims to create a strong sense of place by enhancing the distinctive industrial character of Digbeth, improving the public realm, and enabling trade, industry, craft and making to coexist with homes. Together, we’re crafting a sustainable community for Digbeth.”
Brian Mallon Associate Director

Digbeth is a historic neighbourhood with its heritage rooted in trade, industry, craft and making. It is now a creative hub within Birmingham and home to a rich array of small businesses and activities, including design, making, art, tech, innovation, music, film production, gaming, and education. The ambition is to retain the existing creative community and provide opportunities for existing tenants to grow and expand, while attracting new creative companies to the area that recognise and appreciate the distinctive character Digbeth has to offer.

Today, Digbeth is characterised by its rich and diverse built heritage. The area’s significance is its complex and organic layering of industrial buildings, infrastructure, waterways and street art. The interaction of these elements creates moments of surprise within the urban form and a sense of discovery that is unique to Digbeth. Several of these almost accidental juxtapositions, such as the point the River Rea passes under the Bordesley viaduct, are some of the most intriguing moments in Digbeth, and provide a reminder of Birmingham’s industrial heritage. Many buildings throughout the area have been modified over the years, creating peculiar “imperfections” on the facades of the buildings that add authenticity to the place.''

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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: How we're crafting a sustainable community for Digbeth