I read about the idea of the Jewellery Quarter’s Goldan Square a while ago and thought it was a great idea then. I then forgot about it until I came across it again as a case study in the Smart Birmingham Roadmap and they’ve explained it more succinctly than I ever could:
At the heart of Birmingham lies the historic Jewellery Quarter, home to more than 200 listed buildings and a proud heritage of industrial innovation and craftsmanship.
The Jewellery Quarter is currently being considered for World Heritage Site status and BCC wants to add to the distinctive identity
and character of the area by building a new public space at its
centre. The Golden Square will be an attractive and inclusive
centrepiece; providing space for public events and temporary
exhibitions and a place to relax.
To ensure this tranquil oasis remains undisturbed for many
years to come, the Council is taking a forward thinking step by installing telecommunications ducting and providing open access availability.
This will allow telecommunications companies to provide services to
iconic buildings in the area such as Big Peg, by encouraging properties
to share infrastructure and prevent unnecessary disruption (e.g. digging up the new square) and unsightly scars being left on the landscape.