Substrakt joins the Birmingham Business Breakfast Club

Author: Andy Hartwell

This morning I represented Substrakt at the Birmingham Business Breakfast Club for the first time. The BBBC, a monthly networking event with a speaker-driven agenda is held at the Botanical Gardens. This place is so perplexing in layout yet laden with pre-war faded glamour that one half expected to find Poirot standing over a slain society heiress in the tropical pavilion.

It was an ideal setting for Gary Taylor from Argent to speak to the group about Birmingham’s regeneration as a city. Argent is the developer responsible for Brindley Place and it looks as if it has hot plans for Paradise Circus too, after the re-location of the Central Library. There was also some discussion of new public transport for the city in the form of something that looked way too like a London bendy bus for my liking.

It was great to hear such an influential planner and strategist talk about connecting the city and opening it up architecturally. With projects such as The Library of Birmingham about to take off and transform the way the public interacts with the city’s buildings and cultural heritage, through both traditional and digital means, the plans for more of the same heading into the next decade appear exciting and complimentary to current work.

Sadly there was no sign or sound during the following Q&A from the very inquisitive amazon-sized cockroach that followed a couple of us into the meeting room from the rainforest habitat pavilion. I thought he might have piped up on the subject of concrete jungles.