Birmingham: As construction work continues on the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, Birmingham City Council are asking the people of the city to help name six new roads in Perry Barr.
1,400 much-needed homes will be housed on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus in the north west of the city, as part of the wider Perry Barr regeneration programme – which includes improved leisure and community facilities, upgraded transport infrastructure and 5,000 new homes.
To prepare the homes for occupation when complete, the city council, in collaboration with principal contractor Lendlease, have launched a competition to name the six new streets in the Perry Barr Residential Scheme.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Perry Barr Residential Scheme will make north west Birmingham an even greater place to live and we want our citizens, including those who already call the area home, to be involved and have ownership of the regeneration every step of the way.
“The street naming competition is a fantastic way for the local community to get creative and play an active role in the investment in Perry Barr.
“It’s certainly a unique opportunity and I hope as many people as possible enter to say they were part of Perry Barr’s future history.”
Lendlease’s Project Director for the Perry Barr Residential Scheme, Anna Evans, said: “We’re building superb new homes at Perry Barr and creating a vibrant new neighbourhood. It would be great to see local people get involved and help name these brand-new streets.”
The street names submitted will be reviewed against the contest’s criteria, which is as follows:
- Street names should ideally have a local connection, which is historically, geographically or culturally relevant
- Names of people, alive or deceased should NOT be used
- Names cannot be duplicated within Birmingham or the same postcode district
- Street names should not serve any commercial interest
The street names will be shortlisted by Birmingham City Council, before a judging panel consisting of representatives from Birmingham City Council, Lendlease and the local community will select the winning entries. The panel will ensure the entries comply with Royal Mail requirements.
Birmingham City Council will announce the six winning street names later this year.
The street naming competition is now open and will close at 5pm on 16 October 2020.
Further information, entry requirements, street naming workshops and entry forms can be found on the Perry Barr Regeneration webpages.