A brace of cultural attractions are set to open as part of a £260 million mixed-use development in Birmingham.
A new Museum of Youth Culture and Birmingham Music Archive have signed up to take space at the major project in Digbeth which last week won planning consent from the city council.
The Museum of Youth Culture, claimed to be the world’s first national museum of its kind, will take 6,500 sq ft and front onto a new public park, opening in autumn 2025.
It will celebrate social movements, subcultures, sounds and styles that span the generations and genres from post-war to modern-day Britain.
The museum will also host a permanent exhibition of the Birmingham Music Archive, celebrating the history and culture of the city through permanent and temporary exhibitions and events.
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In addition, the development will provide a new home for the Pat Benson Boxing Academy which currently operates from the canalside site at Upper Trinity Street and Adderley Street.
It will be housed in a new 7,900 sq ft space and is due to complete in spring 2024 as part of phase one works.
Jon Swinstead, founder of the Museum of Youth Culture, said: “Bringing the museum to Digbeth is a natural fit, having been named ‘the coolest area in Britain’ by The Sunday Times, the tone is already set for a dynamic, forward-thinking location that suits a radical and emerging new national Museum.
“Tying in with the area’s creative and musical heritage, alongside the incredible transport links and central location, Birmingham not London was the obvious choice and we’re looking forward to calling Digbeth our home.”
Jez Collins is the founder of the Birmingham Music Archive project and is leading the cultural work for the scheme’s developer Cole Waterhouse.
He said: “Birmingham should be proud of its rich musical heritage and it’s time we started shouting about it.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, working with a supportive and committed developer which has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the area’s history, heritage and culture from the outset.
“I’m really excited the archive will be sharing a space with the Museum of Youth Culture to create a new cultural visitor attraction in Digbeth for Birmingham.”
The wider masterplan for the Upper Trinity Street scheme includes a series of nine buildings, ranging from two to 32 storeys, and containing 943 residential units, a 133-bedroom hotel, 64,580 sq ft of flexible commercial space and a new park called ‘Pump House Park’.
There will also be parking for 66 cars, a piece of public art and a skypark on Duddeston Viaduct.
The site is currently occupied by low-rise industrial buildings which will be demolished however a former lock keeper’s cottage, a locally listed operational pump house and a canal gauging weir at the five-acre development site will be retained.
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Cole Waterhouse’s chief executive Damian Flood added: “We’ve been in discussions with all parties and Birmingham City Council since early 2020 so have really been able to understand their requirements and ensure we can offer them the most appropriate space to deliver these superb, world-class facilities for the city.
“Signing the Museum of Youth Culture will really put Upper Trinity Street on the map as a major international destination for music, culture and art which are key drivers for regeneration.”