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Vote for your winner of the Haywood Award

Just over a year to the day since we opened nomination submissions for the first Haywood Award, we've launched the public vote to see who you think is the best example of innovative regeneration. You can remind yourself of the shortlist below before you cast your vote (Voting closes at the end of next week!).

  • Brindleyplace – a revolutionary redevelopment of brownfield site incorporating canalside development.
  • Calthorpe Estate Masterplan – for John Madin’s work integrating modern dwellings and commercial uses into the historic estate.
  • Bennie Gray – for the Custard Factory, the Big Peg and other developments which revitalised the areas in which they stand.
  • Peter White Chief Architect of Severn Trent who first recognised the value in canal-side development, particularly in Birmingham.
  • Back to Backs – for recognition of working-class history and creation of a city centre heritage destination.

Pioneering industrialist: James Horsfall

During Birmingham Heritage Week in September, we unveiled a new blue plaque to commemorate 19th-century industrialist, James Horsfall. The plaque can be found at Webster & Horsfall in Hay Mills at St. Cyprian's Church, which was built by Horsfall for his workforce. The unveiling forms part of the company's 300th anniversary celebrations

England's first female reporter: Marie Bethell Beauclerc

A new blue plaque to Marie Bethell Beauclerc, England's first female reporter, will hang outside the Shakespeare Memorial Room at the Library of Birmingham.  You can watch it back it too - you might learn something new about this shorthand trailblazer. 

Improving your local area

A University of Birmingham study is looking for older adults who live locally to share insights and experiences of living in urban areas around the city. 

Learn more

Planning White Paper

There's a week left to respond to the government's white paper on planning. Read up on it first and then... 

Respond to the consultation

Meeting up outdoors

Here's a helpful list of  bars/restaurants/pubs with outdoor spaces for those who are looking to venture out in line with current COVID-19 restrictions. 

See the list

Discover Birmingham


Several attractions around the city, including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, have re-opened over the past few months and may offer you and your household a nice change of scenery in a safe environment. 

Be inspired

Planting season is coming

Birmingham Trees for Life is preparing for tree planting season for winter. While you wait, why not join in the national tree-planting effort with The Conservation Volunteers?

Claim a free tree

Slow looking in JQ

Immerse yourself in the Jewellery Quarter and follow this new trail to discover six unique historical buildings.

Explore JQ
 

Join the planning committee 

The planning committee are looking for new voluntary members to join them and help support (and celebrate!) the city's planning and development.

Next Generation Awards 20/21

Our Next Generation Awards have launched for 20/21. The competition is open to Years 7-9, with all resources supplied by us. Work in a school or know of one that might be interested? Get in touch
 

The Birmingham Civic Society

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Birmingham B3 3BS

07780 976928

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