Newhall Square is located within Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter and forms part of a £30m redevelopment of the former Elkington Works site, where the metal electro-plating process was pioneered in the 19th century. The site is being redeveloped with a mix of residential property, office space and public open space.
EDP were engaged by Spitfire Properties during the planning stage to develop a bespoke design for a large public square and courtyard roof garden. The site for the square contains the last remaining remnant of the former Elkington Works building, which is being restored and sensitively integrated into the scheme, forming the focal point on its western edge. Historically, the Whitmore Arm of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal ran directly in front of this building, but was backfilled in the 1950s. EDP’s design for the square reintroduces and re-imagines this historic element as a 30m long mirror pool providing a renewed context for the retained building and a tangible link with the sites past as a centre for pioneering industry.
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