Neighbourhood Watch: Southside, Birmingham

Neighbourhood Watch: Southside, Birmingham

Southside, Birmingham         Driven by a unique mix of developments, Southside has emerged as a vibrant quarter within Birmingham’s expanding city centre. Comprising of new restaurants, bars and clubs characterising the Southside’s Chinatown and Gay Village, the Arcadian Centre, the redeveloped Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham Royal Ballet complex, the Radisson Blu Hotel and O2 Academy,

Neighbourhood Watch: Southside, Birmingham

Southside, Birmingham        

Driven by a unique mix of developments, Southside has emerged as a vibrant quarter within Birmingham’s expanding city centre. Comprising of new restaurants, bars and clubs characterising the Southside’s Chinatown and Gay Village, the Arcadian Centre, the redeveloped Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham Royal Ballet complex, the Radisson Blu Hotel and O2 Academy, Southside is one of the most dynamic areas in the city.

Culture

The Old Rep Theatre

The performing arts ranging from plays to ballet are popular attractions in Southside, due to the variety of theatres, bars and at spaces.

The Old Rep Theatre, opening in 1913, originally performing Twelve Night, has seen some of the most decorated actors including Michael Gambon, Laurence Oliver and Honour Blackman perform here.  The Theatre was the original home of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and during this time, the first ever modern dress Shakespeare production was performed. Currently the home of the Birmingham Stage Company, every year The Old Rep produces a family Christmas production for an extended run, including The Jungle Book and James and the Giant Peach.

The Theatre also stages shows some of Birmingham’s best amateur theatre companies including Birmingham Savoyards, Youth On Stage, Birmingham Youth Theatre, Stage 27, The Billesley Players, Argosy MTC and MCS Repertory Company as well as educational performances by Shakespeare Schools Festival, Birmingham School of Acting and BOA.

Established in 1993, the award-winning Glee Club presents regular comedy shows and live music.

With two live rooms and a pre-show Lounge bar, The Glee Club offers a distinctly intimate and welcoming show atmosphere that has seen some of the finest live artists perform to incredible audiences. Previous acts include Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Russell Howard, Peter Kay, Adele, Duffy, Feist, Supergrass and many more.

Nightlife

Missing, Southside

In the middle of Birmingham’s Gay Village, Missing, is a lively bar with a full dance floor and fantastic drink menu. DJ’s are hard at work during the week, and the weekend sees live acts and cabaret.

Alternatively, The Sunflower Lounge is one of Birmingham’s finest independent bars. With a wonderfully friendly atmosphere that oozes cool without being pretentious, the basement bar owes its success to its purist music policy: indie, rock, soul, 60s, blues, jazz, funk and ska.

Regeneration

As part of Birmingham’s Big City Plan, Birmingham City Council and Southside Business Improvement District (BID) are working on plans to create a vibrant and high-quality public square outside the Hippodrome Theatre and improve the streets.

In the final phase of redevelopment, the pedestrianised area outside the Hippodrome is being transformed into a high quality lively public space suitable for everyday use and special events. The square will create a new heart for Chinatown and will provide an enhanced setting for the Hippodrome and Back To Back Houses plus a gateway to the Gay Village. It will also transform pedestrian and cycling links between New Street Station and Birmingham Smithfield development.

Well known as one of the most diverse and creative areas of Birmingham, Southside BID supports a diverse range of businesses. The proposed plans will create a cultural heart for Southside to further promote the area, whilst celebrating and highlighting a huge range of local talent.

Not only will this be a great opportunity to attract new visitors and tourists to the Southside district, it will also increase dwell time and provide an exciting new space for events, festivals and entertainment to take place and act as a magnet to drive footfall.

The proposals include:

  • High quality natural stone paving, suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, replaces the existing footway and old black top road.
  • New lighting will be installed and old street clutter (e.g. poles from road signs) will be removed to create a new space for events in front of the Hippodrome.
  • New trees will improve the look of the area and bring environmental benefits.
  • The cycle route through the area will be retained, with a new central island on Hill Street to improve segregation from vehicles.
  • Changes to taxi facilities.

Cuisine

Ming Moon restaurant

Surrounding the various bars and theatres, Southside is home to some of the most pristine eateries. Ming Moon, is a grand and opulent celebration of food. Offering banquet-style Chinese cuisine, Ming Moon serves over 60 dishes of Pan Asian food including Cantonese, Northern Chinese, Sichuan, Thai, Japanese and Indian. Matched by their stylish red leather semi-circular booths, there’s live cooking from the open kitchen serving Teppanyaki, Dim Sum, Sushi, BBQ, Noodles, Congee, Vermicelli Roll, all topped off with a vast selection of desserts.

Browns Birmingham, expert chefs have updated a traditional afternoon tea experience to celebrate 45 years with a nod to all things British. From smoked haddock fishcake to a delicious mouth-watering scone, with a selection of mini deserts to follow, the elegant eatery, has plenty of choices.

Catering to the plan friendly clientele, Not Dogs, is a vegetarian fast food brand featuring Quorn favourites with a unique ‘No Dogs’ twist.

Final Note

The biggest city in The Midland Engine, Birmingham, the fastest growing city in the UK, offers a fantastic opportunity to invest.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham 

Neighbourhood Watch: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham 

Jewellery Quarter    Dating back over 250 years, the Jewellery Quarter is one of the oldest districts in Birmingham.  From humble beginnings, the Jewellery Quarter is now home to more than 500 jewellery retailers and recognised as an international hub of fine jewels. Since its conception, the district has expanded to a cultural beacon to

Neighbourhood Watch: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham 

Jewellery Quarter 

 

Dating back over 250 years, the Jewellery Quarter is one of the oldest districts in Birmingham.  From humble beginnings, the Jewellery Quarter is now home to more than 500 jewellery retailers and recognised as an international hub of fine jewels. Since its conception, the district has expanded to a cultural beacon to rival Digbeth featuring museums including Coffin Works to restaurants such as Lasan.

Cuisine

40 st pauls, birmingham, jewellery quarter, neighbourhood watch

Leading the way with trendy bars, independent restaurants and creative spaces, the Jewellery Quarter, known locally as JQ is home to an assortment of amenities. The area’s highlights expand to gin emporium 40 St Pauls, named after the stunning St Paul’s Square.

Culture

JQ Festival

Once only known as the home of crystalized rocks, the jewellery Culture has evolved into a beacon of cultural proclivity. The district’s main attraction is the annual July festival, JQ festival, celebrating everything Jewellery Quarter. Dubbed a miniature Glastonbury, the bustling festival features everything from independent musicians to children’s games, epitomising the glamour and diversity of the city.

Additionally, the Jewellery Quarter is home to an assortment of attractions including Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and RBSA.   The neighbourhood’s centrepiece is St Paul’s Square. Lined with streets of offices, music venues and pubs, the Jewellery Quarter is the perfect place to work, rest and play.

Image: RBSA (HYPERLINKED: http://www.rbsa.org.uk/)

Transport

Jewellery Quarter station

Considered the Shoreditch of Birmingham and one of the growing city’s highlights, the Jewellery Quarter is a powerhouse of transportation options. In less than ten minutes, JQ is sandwiched between Grand Central and Wolverhampton via tram and is a regular stop on the Birmingham to Worcester line operating every 10 minutes via Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill. Matched by road transportation, the neighbourhood is accessible by the M1 and M5 with a multi-storey carpark on Vyse Street.

Retail

Crown Jules

The Jewellery Quarter is Europe’s largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, producing 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.

Final Note

The heart of Birmingham’s creative scene, the Jewellery Quarter mixes heritage with contemporary creative sectors to strengthen Birmingham’s position in the Northern Powerhouse. As Birmingham continues to be the fastest growing city in the UK, the Jewellery Quarter has evolved into an amazing opportunity for property investment.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

Brum City    Digbeth is Birmingham’s self-titled creative sector and most distinctive part of the city, less than ten minutes from Bullring and Grand Central. Named “the Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain” by the Sunday Times, Digbeth is a favourite for generation rent. With the upcoming arrival of HS2 and New Street rail station £770 million

Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

Brum City 

 

Digbeth is Birmingham’s self-titled creative sector and most distinctive part of the city, less than ten minutes from Bullring and Grand Central. Named “the Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain” by the Sunday Times, Digbeth is a favourite for generation rent. With the upcoming arrival of HS2 and New Street rail station £770 million redevelopments, Digbeth celebrates 5-6% rental yields.

Culture

Digbeth is a trendy, artistic hub comprised of galleries and studios. Eastside Projects is a free, public, artist-run space, showcases temporary shows from both local and international artists. Every Friday of the moth, the artists’ collective teams up with other groups in the area to delivery special events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

New Street Station has undergone £770 million redevelopments, boosting daily passenger capacity to 240,000. The new station is five times the size of the original station with a striking height atrium topped with a bubble roof made from ETFE, a fluorine-based plastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Cuisine

Digbeth, Dining Club, Birmingham Mail

Digbeth is home to the infamous Dining Club, a street food dining experience. Cooking a range of alternative cuisines with energetic DJ’s, visitors can enjoy everything from Pizza and crepes to Caribbean and Malaysian dishes under the partially covered rooftop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Final Note

A growing city, Birmingham is proving to be a metropolitan city, with something to accommodate everyone. The rising economy, mass regeneration, and emerging transport links make Digbeth one of the most demanding places for property in the country. Now is the time to invest in the future of the country, the future of education, employment and most importantly, property.

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