National award win for Colmore Business District

Colmore Business District (CBD) has won a national award for its delivery of the much-improved Colmore Square in Birmingham city centre.

Beating competition from across the country, including schemes in London and Manchester, CBD received the top accolade in the Place Management (Large Location) category of this year’s British BIDs Proud Projects Awards.

An annual event, the British BIDs Proud Project Awards celebrates the achievements of Business Improvement Districts across the UK, recognising place making projects, improved services and community initiatives such as events and festivals; all of which help to improve the local area.

Mike Mounfield, Projects Manager at CBD, said: “We’re ecstatic to have won this award and received national recognition for our Colmore Square improvement project. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to deliver the project, but being able to see people enjoying the space and using the new ‘pocket park’ makes it all worthwhile.”

Located between Colmore Row and Steelhouse Lane, Colmore Square was previously an under-used area of Birmingham’s business district, with no public landscaping or facilities to attract people to the space. Thanks to the efforts of CBD, the area now boasts soft landscaping and planting, as well as feature lighting and benches. The square also contains a chess garden ‘pocket park’ featuring two stone tables with inset chessboards, which is open to everyone in the District to use.

Colmore Square was the first area enhancement civil engineering project to be undertaken solely by a BID in Birmingham. The scheme was designed by Capita’s land planning team with construction work implemented by the Landscape Group Ltd. Project management services were provided by MACE.

Dr Julie Grail, Chief Executive of British BIDs, said

The panel liked this project because of its bravery. The improvements to Colmore Square were important to the District. Instead of relying on other mechanisms, the business community, through the BID, stepped in to improve the area for those who work and visit the District”.

Moving forwards, Colmore Square is set to be used for a number of upcoming events during 2015.

Rob Valentine, Vice Chair of CBD and Head of Office for Birmingham at Bruntwood, said:

Projects like Colmore Square demonstrate just how important it is to have an engaged and pro-active BID. In the past 12 months, CBD has not only transformed a previously under-used public square, it has also achieved record footfall at the annual CBD Food Festival, launched a new magazine for the District and introduced new Ambassadors to provide a welcome and information service for people in the area; all of which have benefited local businesses.”

Colmore Square is the CBD’s third public realm enhancement project, following the delivery of Church Street Square and the enhancement of Livery Street Wall. It comes ahead of a number of future planned improvement projects, including permanent enhancements to Cornwall Street, Newhall Street and the square outside Snow Hill Station.

For further information about the CBD’s existing and future projects, visit



Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More


RT @birminghamcg22: Plans for the site that would be home to the #Birmingham2022 Commonwealth Games Village have been formally submitted fo…

RT @unibirmingham: Excited much? Congratulations to everyone joining us! You'll be here very soon! #hellobrum We can't wait 😊

RT @BirminghamDL: 🔴 Start-lists are LIVE!🇬🇧 ..and the British stars are coming! The meeting will see @lauramuiruns will attack @damekelly

RT @brumhippodrome: TODAY we are having afternoon tea with Miss Honey (@CarlyThoms) from @MatildaMusical in our Circle Restaurant on Facebo…

Festivals & events

Sporting highlights

All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

Read More


Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More


A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More


Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More


A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More


Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More