Work, live, enjoy… Strength in diversity
‘Mixed-use’ zones are nothing new: as far back as Roman times, certain areas in cities naturally evolved to combine working, living and leisure space.
But for developers in modern times it was long seen as a risky concept. Better to keep dangerous factories separate. Better to build a parade of shops all together on the high street or, more recently, out-of-town where there is plenty of parking space…
So when work started on a 17 acre long-derelict canalside site in central Birmingham, back in 1993, eyebrows were raised. Two decades on, Brindleyplace is one of the most vibrant, dynamic areas in the city. 8,500 people work there and it attracts around four million visitors a year.
In total, BAM built seven of the eleven main buildings in the development: working in a close partnership with the owner and developer Argent PLC.