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West Midlands National Park Lab

Colmore Business Improvement District

Mapping and research by the WMNP Lab revealed the historical and cultural significance of Birmingham’s Colmore Business Improvement District (BID). Occupying the high ground, the area would once have had commanding views over three river valleys and distant views of far-off hills. The undulating topography of the city was subsumed by decades of development and cut off from its surroundings.

Our revisioning revealed a different way of thinking about the city that protects visual connection with the wider landscape, celebrates and upgrades the quality and character of the BID and breaks down decades of separation and isolation with the rest of the city.