Canalside public space
Grant Associates is designing the new landscape and urban realm for Typhoo Wharf, which will create new canal side public spaces centred on Birmingham’s historic canal network, waterfront and warehouse buildings, whilst retaining and celebrating the industrial history of the site.
A new public square will be delivered in time for the opening of BBC’s Birmingham’s new headquarters, providing a landscaped area for people to relax and socialise around the canal basin. In the longer term there will be opportunities for even better use of the space with cafe and bar terraces overlooking the canal.
The site is strategically positioned near several existing and future public transport options. The site is within walking distance of the city centre, Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations and the new Curzon Street HS2 station, which is due to open in 2028. It is also adjacent to the new metro tram line extension to High Street, Deritend, due to open in 2023. The site's location therefore provides several sustainable travel options connecting with the wider city, region, and the rest of the UK.
The proposals would improve pedestrian connectivity to the surrounding area by enhancing the East-West connection from HS2 to Oval Masterplan and North-South connection from HS2 to Smithfield. A new road will also connect Fazeley Street and Bordesley Street through the centre of the site, and the proposals will include cycle parking, reinvigorating the area into a greener, healthier, walkable and cyclable place to live and work.