Spiceal Street, Birmingham, UK

Chapman Taylor
Date Built
Officially Opened November 2011
Spiceal Street
This development sits between the Bullring Shopping Centre and St Martin's Church in Birmingham's city centre.  It was once the location of the unique award winning Spiral Cafe by Marks Barfield Architects.  The cafe was dismantled to make way for this building.  Chapman Taylor describe the present development as a, "... vibrant dining destination. .... Proposed to reinvigorate both the daytime and evening activity within an existing public realm to the southern end of the Bullring, Spiceal Street is entirely dedicated to the dining experience..."

"Three separate building zones are visually connected using a ‘ribbon- like’ sculptural roof to create a strong architectural element which floats above the building, helping to provide a coherent link throughout the overall space."

Outside there is a living wall and seating for alfresco eating.

There is also, "... a granite stone water feature inscribed with poetry co-written by local poets, Simon Turner and spoken word performer Steve Camden (aka Polarbear). This curved ‘wall of water’ provides a dramatic backdrop along a sweeping curve of steps, reflecting sunlight during the day and being subtly lit during the evening."