Office Space in Birmingham
Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region, with multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars. In the city centre, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.
It is the largest and most populous British city outside London. The City of Birmingham forms a conurbation with the largely residential borough of Solihull to the south east, and with the city of Wolverhampton and the industrial towns of the Black Country to the north west.
Birmingham grew to prominence as a manufacturing and engineering centre, but its economy today is dominated by the service sector. With major facilities such as the National Exhibition Centre and International Convention Centre, Birmingham attracts 42% of the UK's total conference and exhibition trade.
In recent years, many parts of Birmingham have been transformed, with the redevelopment of the Bullring Shopping Centre and the regeneration of old industrial areas such as Brindleyplace, The Mailbox and the International Convention Centre. Old streets, buildings and canals have been restored, the pedestrian subways have been removed and the Inner Ring Road has been rationalised. The city will serve as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Nightlife in Birmingham is mainly concentrated along Broad Street and into Brindleyplace but there’s great food and drink options throughout the city.
Birmingham is a major transport hub on the motorway, rail and canal networks. The city is served by the M5, M6, M40, and M42 motorways, and probably the best known motorway junction in the UK: Spaghetti Junction.
Birmingham Airport, located 6 miles east of the city centre in the neighbouring borough of Solihull.
Airline services exist to many destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Birmingham New Street is the busiest railway station in the United Kingdom outside London. It’s a destination for Virgin Trains services from London Euston, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley. Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill form the northern termini for Chiltern Railways express trains running from London Marylebone. Curzon Street railway station is planned to be the northern terminus for phase 1 of the High Speed 2 rail link from London, due to open in 2026.
An extensive canal system remains from the Industrial Revolution, with the city having more miles of canal than Venice, although because Birmingham is much larger than Venice the canals are less of a prominent feature than they are in Venice. Nowadays the canals are mainly used for leisure purposes, and canal side regeneration schemes such as Brindleyplace have turned the canals into tourist attractions.