Underneath the arches…

….down Digbeth way.  A taster for forthcoming posts on Digbeth: the streets, arches, Custard Factory and street art.

Digbeth is undergoing a large redevelopment scheme that will regenerate the old industrial buildings into apartments, retail premises, offices and arts facilities. There is still however much industrial activity in the south of the area.  

The Custard Factory is an arts and media production centre in Birmingham.  Located on the redeveloped site of the Bird’s Custard factory in the industrial district of Digbeth, it is home to a community of businesses, primarily with an artistic and media slant, but also including entertainment venues and regional offices of national charitable organisations.


11 Responses to “Underneath the arches…”

  1. simonhlilly

    I was around when the Custard Factory project began. Most artists working in studios around there then could no way afford the rates there. A pity. It seemed like a typical Arts Council idea. Maybe its got more credibility now… Maybe not….( really great to see these places ‘realised’. Hope they don’t lose the particular bricky 19th century realness of the few remaining industrial areas in central town.

    • adrianpym

      A lot has changed in the past few years Simon, with the regeneration of Eastside. I think the Custard Factory remains a bit disconnected from the city centre but the Big City Plan will, they say, connect Eastside to the centre. We’ll see.

  2. Russ

    great sense of depth in this shot, I just want to walk through the arches and explore.

    • adrianpym

      Thanks Russ. I have a selection of shots from around Digbeth and the Custard Factory which I will post in the next few days.

  3. John Smith

    Huh……….this takes me back a few years…….I can remember walking under that viaduct when I was about 20……………about 50 years ago……and it’s amazing how the texture and patina of old brick evoke the memories. I particularly enjoy the fact that this is in colour……..mono would have worked just fine, but colour takes you there…….it’s real……….Digbeth is an area I would love to revisit. Thanks, Adrian, for the memories.


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