Intervention Architecture Ltd have designed and project managed from conception to completion the creation of a new public square, within the infamous and historic setting of the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham, previous origin to the home of Alfie Bird’s Custard.
Upon starting the design work, we highlighted the potential of the courtyard to become almost piazza like, proposing an open paved area for public enjoyment with multiple uses. The open courtyard was also shown in its layout to allow for the connection from the main entrance strand, to link with existing on-site offerings in retail, whilst creating a destination point and accessible arena for urban gatherings.
The project creates a new ground area, using granite setters, set out within a radial pattern, integrating concealed electrical and drainage points, to allow for a future use of flexible plug-in programmes, examples of which are now planned to include an Outdoor cinema summer programme, coffee festival, gin festival, as well as the potential for hiring out the space for marquee and performative use. This is in addition to its daily use as a seating area, the only open seating area within Digbeth to provide a relaxing environment for shared civic use.
The photos shown depict a recent Coffee festival and street food event. For further information of upcoming events click here.
- Paul Miller