An iconic sculpture to mark the completion of an innovative Birmingham office building developed by Barberry, that now provides employment for more than 1,100 people on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter, has been unveiled. The six metre high work of art that stands in the forefront of b1 has been designed by Stourbridge-based sculptor Harry Seager to symbolise the famed Jewellery Quarter.
A ‘one over four’ in polished stainless steel, representing a quarter, is mounted on a concrete plinth and has the connotations of a bird soaring to indicate a spirit of optimism about the area.
The 92,500 sq ft b1 air-conditioned development at Summer Hill has become a key gateway to the Jewellery Quarter and also one of its biggest employment locations.
Service Birmingham, the joint venture company established between Birmingham City Council and the Capita Group, which moved in this summer employs 550, while Nestor Healthcare and the NHS, who have been in occupation two years between them employ about 550.
Jon Bellfield, a director of Barberry, said: “Service Birmingham relocated from a number of sites around the city to b1 and with the amount of residential development taking place in the area there are opportunities for people to both live and work in the Jewellery Quarter.”
The Jewellery Quarter Regeneration Partnership is full of praise for the contribution that Barberry’s b1 development is making to the revitalisation of the area. Its operations director Andy Munro said: “We were very encouraged to see Barberry invest in the site because it is a key gateway site into the quarter that badly needed regeneration. The development has created a substantial number of jobs which is excellent news for both the local economy and local community in terms of employment.”
He added that the sculpture was the latest piece of public art to highlight the unique quality of the Jewellery Quarter and added to its growing public art trail.
Barberry sold the b1 investment this summer to British Airways Pension Trust and the sculpture completes the development.