A detailed planning application has been submitted to Birmingham City Council by Hammerson for a public art commission, which will sit within the public realm at Bullring’s new dining quarter, Spiceal Street.
The new destination, which will comprise three new restaurants will open during winter 2011 and will also incorporate a new water feature and living green wall.
Birmingham-born artist, Wolfgang Buttress, has designed a 13.5m structure, which will stand adjacent to the new Browns Bar and Brasserie.
Inspired by the concept of the soundwaves created when a tree is cut down and falls to the ground, Wolfgang has created a sculpture with a stainless steel core, which incorporates a spiral created from the copper reclaimed from the roof of the Spiral Café which stood on the site.
Following approval of the Spiceal Street scheme in December 2010, Hammerson has involved Council officers and representatives of the Conservation and Heritage Panel in the design process. Subject to planning approval, the public art will be unveiled during the opening of Spiceal Street later this year, following which a full cultural events schedule will be put in place as Spiceal Street offers the city a new dining and social hub set in improved public realm.
It has also been confirmed that the remaining structure of the Spiral Café will be relocated to Newhall Square, the site of the former Science Museum, Newhall Street in Central Birmingham. The mixed use scheme developers RO St Bernards will make the spiral café a centrepiece of the new square, surrounded by offices, hotels and gallery space.
Relocation of the Spiral Café was not a planning requirement but Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn, Chair of the Planning Committee that approved the Spiceal Street scheme commented “I am pleased to see that Hammerson has sought to keep the Spiral Café in the city as well as providing replacement public art.”
Commenting on the Spiceal Street public art, Russell Beresford, Hammerson’s Project Director said: “The public realm has been designed as a focal point for the scheme for visitors to enjoy and the new public art will give Spiceal Street a distinct identity within the city. Including the copper from the Spiral Café ensures what has become a popular piece of Bullring heritage remains within the centre.”
Bullring is owned by a partnership between three property developers and investors: Hammerson plc, Future Fund and Henderson Global Investors Ltd. The scheme is managed by Hammerson.
For further information about the Spiceal Street development and the latest gallery of images please visit http://www.spicealstreet.co.uk/.