History of Birmingham

Birmingham’s history can be traced back to the 7th century, as a small Anglo-Saxon hamlet on the edge of the Forest of Arden which has since been transformed into the city, we know today over the past 1,400 years. A mixture of immigration, innovation and civic pride, helped to bring about major social and economic reforms, as well as the kick-started the Industrial Revolution in the city – which then subsequently inspiring the growth of similar cities across the world.

By the 20th century, the city had become the metropolitan hub of the UK’s manufacturing and automotive industries, after earning itself the reputation as a city of canals, and then of cars. Since the start the of 21st century, Birmingham lays at the heart of a major post-industrial metropolis surrounded by significant educational, manufacturing, shopping, sporting and conferencing facilities.

Living in Birmingham

Birmingham is a city of 1.1 million people – and is expected to increase by a further 171,000 by 2039. The sheer range of employment opportunities on offer clearly provides a major pull fact; with many leading national and international businesses including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and HM Revenue and Customs, looking to relocate or increase staff numbers in the city.

Birmingham is also at the forefront of Europe’s largest infrastructure project, HS2 – which is scheduled to arrive in the city by 2033. Once complete HS2 will form a new backbone of the UK’s rail network, connecting eight out of ten of the largest cities in the UK, whilst simultaneously reducing journey times across the network. Journey times between Birmingham and London will be reduced to mere 49 minute once complete, unleashing the city’s potential further and creating a more accessible rental market for many professionals

Being the second city in the UK, Birmingham has so much to offer its residents, from world-class educational facilities to a thriving shopping sector to an extensive array of theatres, museums and galleries and booming cultural scene. And for those sporting fans, Birmingham is home to two professional football teams, Birmingham City and Aston Villa and for those avid cricket fans Edgbaston is located with the city and hosts matches at both test and county level.

Partly, due its central location Birmingham is a major transport hub on the motorway, rail, and canal network. The city is also home to the West Midlands Metro – light-rail tram system.

The city’s rail network connects the city with many of UK’s major cities including: London (Euston and Marylebone stations), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester and Newcastle. The city also benefits from a local rail service, which serves towns within the West Midlands region such as Bromsgrove, Redditch, Lichfield, Wolverhampton, and Walsall. Like other cities in the north of England such as Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham – Birmingham boasts a light-rail tram network called the West Midlands Metro connecting the city to Wolverhampton.

Birmingham Airport is located just over 8 miles from the city centre, with regular international flights to some of Europe’s most popular destinations and further afield destinations including Dubai, and Doha.

Moving to Birmingham

Like many cities, Birmingham has truly embraced modern and cosmopolitan living in a big way, with plenty of housing options available. It’s very clear to see why people are moving to the city and calling it home. At Complete, we have a selection of developments located in Birmingham, including The Curve, The Curve II and soon to complete Bishton Fletcher Building, with a selection of apartments available to rent. Find out more about these development by registering your details with us today.

Bishton Fletcher Building is ideally situated in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, a neighbourhood heralded as ‘national treasure’ by English Heritage.

Housed in one of the area’s most architecturally celebrated buildings, this residence has been sensitively restored and converted into 12 bespoke, modern two-bedroom apartments. The estimated completion date for this project is Q1 2021.

The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham

Heralded as a ‘national treasure’ and ‘a place of unique character’ by English Heritage; Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter houses Europe’s largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade and produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. In a report published by Birmingham City Council in 2008, the council out laid plans to submit a bid for the Jewellery Quarter to receive World Heritage site status. Steeped in incredible history, the Jewellery Quarter is a diverse destination and home today to a bustling food and drink scene. The area continues to enjoy significant local investment and unabated restoration, making it an undeniably attractive place to live and work in the work in the UK. Current regeneration schemes live in the quarter include the Townscape Heritage Programme, the St Paul’s Quarter project, and the University College Birmingham – Moss House Project.

The Jewellery Quarter is surrounded by independent bars and cafes, located in historic buildings which have been converted with many of their original features and characteristics retained. The nightlife within the Jewellery Quarter tends to be a little bit more laid back compared the city centre yet is only a 10/15 minute back into the city centre. As you would expect The Jewellery Quarter, is home to dozens of the jewellery shops and manufactures for anyone looking to find something special and unique.

Birmingham: Macro Overview

Emerging as a powerhouse during the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham today is on par with London for culture, leisure and business. A truly cosmopolitan city, Birmingham has retained its diverse character. Many of the UK’s leading businesses can be found in the city, with over 300 companies electing to have their national or global headquarters based here, drawn by its central location, skilled workforce and emerging status on the European stage. Birmingham’s appeal is going to be further enhanced with the arrival of HS2 between 2026 and 2028; HS2 will be Europe’s largest infrastructure project and will bring the city within 49 minutes of London and significantly reduce journey times to Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Newcastle. In turn, this will increase accessibility to jobs and attract businesses to the area.

The last remaining units at Bishton Fletcher Building are currently available for sale through our sister company IP Global Ltd. If you are interested in purchasing one of these units, click here to find out more.

The Curve Birmingham | Featured Development 

The Curve Birmingham sits within the multi award-winning Park Central development, which extends over 61 acres and is widely acknowledged as the largest urban renewal scheme anywhere in the UK outside London, creating a new neighborhood in thriving Birmingham just south of the city centre. The extensive development is centred around 8 acres of parkland.

The Curve Birmingham provides almost 100 one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments, finished to an exceptional standard with open plan living areas, fully fitted kitchens with integrated appliances and bathrooms with luxurious bathroom suites.

Blending the benefits of convenience with the tranquility of park side living, The Curve Birmingham is a development which is part of Birmingham’s budding growth story and its 20 year Big City Plan which aims to regenerate and .grow the city into a slick, modern and greener metropolis.


Only a 13-minute walk directly into the core of the city centre to key landmarks such as the Bullring Shopping Centre and easily accessible towards the West to The Mailbox, Brindley Place and the future Arena Central which will be home to HSBC’s new Birmingham base.


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