‘Wet boulevard’ proposed for Digbeth
Birmingham City Council is working with Severn Trent and the Environment Agency to explore “water sensitive” ways of regenerating the city centre and Digbeth.
One of the proposals is to create a wet boulevard – a pedestrian zone with water features – running from the Bullring towards the River Rea in Digbeth.
Although most of the river flows through the city underground, it has the Environment Agency’s lowest rating for water quality, and is the most significant flood risk in Birmingham.
The Ripple Effect report, commissioned by Defra’s Technology Strategy Board in 2013, estimated that environmental regeneration in Birmingham could be worth around £1.05 billion over 40 years, as a result of improved water quality and supply, reduced flood risk and increased property values.
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