With an urban island at its heart, encircled by two famous canals, the Birmingham Canal Old Line and the Birmingham Canal. The area has a rich industrial past connected with these waterways. Places for People and Urban Splash have put a new masterplan in place to transform this area into an exciting new community of homes and leisure facilities, to include a new swimming pool, reinvented existing historical buildings and over 1.5km of new towpaths; creating moorings, cycleways and walkways to the city, there’s even a waterbus stop!
Building new homes is just the start for Port Loop, working with our partners Birmingham City Council and the Canal & River Trust, the site will offer commercial and leisure spaces too. The canals and towpaths surrounding Port Loop offer the perfect opportunity to reconnect the city with a great new neighbourhood for residents, businesses and visitors to the city alike.
A destination for both tourist and working barges; providing, play facilities, wildlife corridors, community parks & areas to meet
Successful neighbourhoods can fulfil much more than our housing needs, they can be a place we feel at home, a place we can get away from it all and a place we can share with our families, friends and neighbours. Strong foundations for a community can be built through social activity and the places we gather for eating, playing, talking, listening, making or just relaxing.
At Port Loop we have set aside 100,000 sq ft of former industrial space for Tubeworks, a social, community and cultural hub. Uses could include a coffee shop, co-working space, bike repair, rehearsal, workshops, production, kitchens, markets, gardens, crèche, bakery, micro-brewery – the only criteria is that the uses at Tubeworks add something to the success and enjoyment of the neighbourhood. Tubeworks at Port Loop will be the vibrant heart of island life.
port loop history
Before the arrival of the canal in 1769 the area known as Rotton Park was a vast parkland used for deer hunting. In the next 50 years the whole of Birmingham was completely transformed into a city of a thousand trades and became a thriving industrial city with the canal at its heart.
The Birmingham to Wolverhampton Canal was constructed in 1766-9, engineered by James Brindley, Canal pioneer, on a winding alignment, largely dictated by the contours of the landscape. This was the first canal in Birmingham. The loop forms a 1km section of the eighteenth-century Main Line canal west of the city centre.
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