Birmingham

Huge urban regeneration has transformed previously unloved quarters of Birmingham in recent years, writes Emma Allen. The £750million revamp of New Street train station is just one example, while new venues and hotels, a lively foodie scene and excellent museums and galleries are all helping to shape an exciting future for Birmingham.


Birmingham

WOW FACTOR
Name: Town Hall
Address:Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ
Tel: 0121 644 6053 Web: www.thsh.co.uk

The imposing Victorian architecture of Birmingham’s Town Hall makes it an impressive choice for big events and it hosts hundreds each year, from product launches and fashion shows to large conferences and award dinners. Groups of up to 900 can be accommodated. PRICE Venue hire rates vary.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: thestudio
Address: 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP
Tel: 0121 634 2800
Web: www.studiovenues.co.uk

Funky and modern, thestudio is a world away from the typical dreary corporate meeting venue. Four floors of contemporary light-filled space offer 19 flexible room layouts, vibrant colour schemes, outdoor terraces and even a top floor ‘escape’ loft style room complete with beanbags. A range of healthy menus with locally sourced produce is available. PRICE Rates start at £25pp +VAT.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Ikon Gallery
Address: 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
Tel: 0121 248 0708
Web: www.ikon-gallery.org

Ikon started out as a kiosk displaying art in Birmingham’s Bull Ring back in the 1960s but, over the years, has grown to become one of Europe’s leading contemporary galleries. Now situated in Brindleyplace, Ikon’s various rooms offer versatile space for events for up to 400 guests. PRICE Room hire starts from £125 +VAT.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name:Lockside Venues
Address: 5 Scotland Street, Lockside, Birmingham, B1 2RR
Tel: 0121 236 8565
Web: www.groundwork.org.uk/lockside

This attractively restored venue was once a glass factory built to sit on the banks of Birmingham’s industrious canal network. These days it’s right in the heart of the city’s rejuvenated West Side, a short walk from the ICC Conference Centre. Five modern meeting rooms, each with plenty of natural daylight, can host from five people up to 50. PRICE Half-day rates start at £20pp +VAT.

WIRED UP
Name:The Vox
Address: Resorts World, Birmingham, B40 1PU
Tel: 0121 200 2000
Web: www.thevoxcentre.co.uk

The 4,000m2 Vox opened late last year and has established itself as a cutting edge venue for events. Located in the Resorts World Birmingham leisure complex, the Vox has five conference suites and three boardrooms, with capacity for up to 900. PRICE Rates are around £60pp +VAT.

OUT OF TOWN
Name:The Belfry Hotel & Resort
Address: Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 9PR
Tel: 0844 980 0600
Web: www.thebelfry.co.uk

Renowned golf destination the Belfry Hotel & Resort is eight miles from Birmingham Airport and offers 22 meeting and event rooms with the largest able to host 300 people. Team-building packages can be organised. PRICE Room hire starts at around £250.

GETTING THERE
Birmingham’s three main stations – Moor Street, Snow Hill and the recently re-opened New Street – are centrally located in the city and served by the UK’s major rail operators. Links to the M6, M5, M42 and M54 are a short distance from the city centre while Birmingham Airport serves over 140 direct routes worldwide. For further information, contact Meet in Birmingham on 0121 202 5151 or see meetbirmingham.com