The site of Birmingham’s Industrial Revolution is going through a revolution of another kind. A concentration of young creative businesses pioneered this neighbourhood, attracted to its industrial architecture and liberally applied street art. Today, Digbeth’s renaissance continues under the stewardship of Oval.
Since June 2017, Oval has been carefully revitalising parts of Digbeth, providing much-needed investment in the multi-tenanted buildings – be it simple estate management like replacing boilers, installing CCTV and updating common areas, or larger projects to bring derelict buildings back to life and create new public spaces. Oval works closely with the Digbeth Estate team to offer its occupier community the best possible on-the-ground support.
We work on the basis that ‘gradual change lasts longer’, which we hope is visible through our rolling programme to refurbish and re-purpose some of Digbeth’s buildings.
In some cases we hope to build new buildings on empty sites and re-develop existing but obsolete buildings. Oval is working with the city to build a respectful masterplan that acknowledges Digbeth what Digbeth is today and its rich history, all while future-proofing the neighbourhood for generations to come.
As our plans emerge to improve the area, we are aware that our tenants and neighbours need to be involved and up-to-date. The on-site Oval team has an open door policy for anyone keen to know more. This year we will host ongoing public consultations and conversations to seek the thoughts of stakeholders across the city as well as the statutory bodies.
We’re always listening to what the community has to say. If you’d like to get in touch or have a question, please fill in the contact form.