FLAPPER FIRKS OFF
What do you think Birmingham needs - a rare live music venue or another apartment block? Gemma Holz puts the case for the Flapper and Firkin which is threatened by the bulldozer.
A Birmingham pub famous for its live music is facing the bulldozer under plans for the next stage of the city centre’s redevelopment.
The Flapper and Firkin at Cambrian Wharf is set to be demolished to make way for a Brindleyplace-style scheme alongside the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
The Cambrian Student Hall and the Cambridge Street multi-storey car park have also been earmarked for demolition.
The Flapper has hosted scores of bands making their way up the music ladder, including Editors, who regarded Birmingham as their base and inspiration.
Earlier this year, Editors' frontman Tom Smith said the pub was “where it all started” for his band.
The area is set to be called Baskerville Wharf and feature hotels, shops, bars and restaurants alongside housing and student apartments.
It will be built with developer Targetfellow.
City regeneration bosses hailed the Baskerville Wharf agreement as another major step in the revamp of Birmingham City Centre’s Westside, with the Library of Birmingham, Arena Central and V-building already planned for sites surrounding Centenary Square.
City regeneration chief Coun Neville Summerfield (Con, Brandwood) said: “The initial proposals for Baskerville Wharf will boost Birmingham’s standing as a global city, encouraging economic prosperity with a new development in an appealing canal-side location.
"It will fit in with our wider aims for the city centre providing a prime site for investment, within a key area where people live and businesses thrive."
The city has already worked on the revamp of Baskerville House with Targetfellow.
The firm’s development director Julian Wells said: “We are committed to the expansion of Westside and the success and growth of the city.
"Baskerville Wharf represents an exciting project for Birmingham with the potential for significant inward and national investment.
"With the city set to see £17 billion-worth of inward investment in regeneration over the next decade, we want to play our part in this process."
It is expected that proposals and a planning application could be submitted early next year.
This is one of the best live music venues Birmingham has for hosting local talent.
Having just lost Edwards number 8 and the Jug Of Ale it seems like most of Birmingham’s independent music venue are slowly being lost…in this case for another apartment block.
What does Brum need most? Another apartment block – or a live music venue?
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