Our aspiration is for Warners Fields to be one of the greenest neighbourhoods in the city, with a revitalised River Rea flowing through the middle, new east-west green pedestrian links and enhanced biodiversity.
The River Rea is currently hidden in a sunken channel behind and beneath industrial buildings. These plans for Warners Fields will open up the river to create a new asset for Birmingham, making sure people can interact with it, reflecting back to the pleasure garden history of the site.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said
“I am very excited to see progress in these plans for a new mixed-use riverside community development on the edge of the city centre.
So many people in Birmingham don’t even know we have a river, so I am really pleased to see the work Dandara has done with the Environment Agency over the last couple of years which will help transform the River Rea and its banks into the public asset that it can and should be for the city”.
We have been working with the Environment Agency for a number of years to ensure the River Rea can become a prominent feature of Warners Fields. We will be putting in cantilever look-out points, a new bridge and a terrace theatre, turning Apollo Gardens into a performance space at night.
The two banks of the river feel different. The East Bank will be a gentle slope where you can relax on the banks of the river, while the West Bank will be steeper, using new bioengineering techniques to retain the river's edge and create a strong ecological habitat.
The images here look west across the River Rea towards the city centre and east towards the Warner Building.
As part of the overall strategy for enhancing biodiversity and greening of the city we will build the bio identity of the area, taking cues from what would have been natural in Birmingham. Using the native species and landscape identities of the West Midlands, we will embed the characteristics of the West Midlands’s woodlands, rivers and meadows into the landscape at Warners Fields.
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