City Centre Public Realm Improvements

Closed 21 Feb 2020

Opened 13 Jan 2020

Feedback updated 22 Sep 2021

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Consultation has now closed

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As a result of the consultation and Covid-19 the project has been broken down into two main phases of delivery.

Phase 1 - work commenced in September 2021.CPC Civils are upgrading HVM (Hostile Vehicle Mitigation) barriers on Lower Temple Street and in front of the town hall prior to this year’s Frankfurt Christmas Market. These barrier systems are used to protect the public and will form essential protection for the Market and the Commonwealth Games in 2022. CPC Civils will also be repairing small areas of defective paving on Lower Temple Street and New Street including the removal of some redundant street furniture.

Phase 2 - further consultation and full business case approvals to come towards the end of 2021 and into the start of 2022. 

Please contact with any questions.


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.

High-quality paving materials including Natural Yorkstone will be used throughout the scheme area, whilst reinstating heritage paving in sections of Victoria Square. A kerb free pedestrian route for passengers travelling from New Street Station to the retail and business centre will be created with widened footways where possible to make it easier, more welcoming and safer for pedestrians and more accessible to those with mobility issues. The proposals also include the extension of Victoria Square into Colmore Row and Waterloo Street forming a larger pedestrian space.

Birmingham will be at the centre of the world stage during the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the city centre will act as a gateway for many visitors visiting the city for the first time. Temporary hostile vehicle security measures (HVM) will be replaced with permanent, less intrusive measures as part of a comprehensive safety and security strategy for the city centre.

We are proposing to extend the existing pedestrian zone and loading restrictions across the scheme area 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. This will provide greater priority for pedestrians and make the area feel safer, more welcoming and help to minimise the interaction between pedestrians and vehicles. Reallocating space to pedestrians will require changes to the current taxi and parking bays. Improved loading facilities will be provided for local businesses outside of the restriction hours to offset the daytime restrictions.

This consultation aims to seek your views on the proposed City Centre Public Realm Improvements. 

Further information including a plan of the proposals, details of our drop-in events and CGI images of the proposed scheme are available at the bottom of this page.

What happens next

Your responses will be used solely for this consultation and will be kept confidential. Any comments used will be kept anonymous and individuals will not be identified.

Your personal data will be held by Birmingham City Council as the data controller and by Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd as data processors. Personal data will not be shared with any other organisation. This survey is being conducted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and if you would like to know more about our Data Protection Policy please visit

By filling out the survey you are giving permission for Birmingham City Council to use the data for the purposes outlined above.


  • Drop in event, Head of Steam

    From 5 Feb 2020 at 12:00 to 5 Feb 2020 at 15:00

    Staff will be available to discuss the proposals and answer any questions.

    Head of Steam
    Somerset House, 36 Temple St,
    Birmingham, B2 5DP

  • Drop in event, Council House

    From 12 Feb 2020 at 15:30 to 12 Feb 2020 at 18:30

    Staff will be available to discuss the proposals and answer any questions.

    Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB




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  • Pedestrians
  • Local Residents
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  • Businesses
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  • Staff
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  • Transport (Including Walking)
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