This is a proposal by architect and urban designer Joe Holyoak, intended to resolve the current uncertainty about the future of the wholesale markets.

At present there are three possible scenarios under discussion:

1.  The markets move away from the city centre to a brownfield site further away, and the present site is comprehensively redeveloped with new mixed uses.

2.  The markets stay as and where they are.

3.  The markets disappear altogether.

All of these alternatives are unacceptable, for different reasons. This new alternative proposes that the present site is comprehensively redeveloped, creating a new expansion of the city centre, but including the wholesale markets in a new form. This can be done in such a way as to meet the objectives of the Big City Plan.

Read on: http://ourbirmingham.org/?p=2133

 

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