Golden Square development marked with time capsule burial

By on 06/06/2014 in Leader, News

A time capsule containing items celebrating the Jewellery Quarter has been buried in a ceremony to mark the progress of the new Golden Square development.

Golden Square will provide a public space for events and activities, promoting it as a place to live, work and visit, as well as attracting further investment into the area.

It will comprise three spaces - the Plaza, the Orchard and the Promenade - and will provide a focal point for residents, employees and visitors, as well as making productive use of vacant and underutilised space.

Golden Square, which is expected to be completed in October, will incorporate engravings reflecting the history and culture of the Jewellery Quarter, including a poem by Ian McMillan entitled 'Talking to somebody about the Jewellery Quarter'.

The contents of the time capsule will not be revealed until it is dug up in 2039.

The burial ceremony, which took place yesterday (5 June), was attended by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, alongside representatives from Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District, contractor Balfour Beatty and pupils from Perry Beeches II - The Free School.

Sir Albert said: “Golden Square represents an exciting new chapter in the history of the Jewellery Quarter, bringing together communities and placing the area firmly on the map as an attractive place to visit, live or do business.

“This time capsule will provide future generations with a unique insight into the history of the Jewellery Quarter, enabling them to see how the area has grown and developed.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Golden Square project is managed by Birmingham City Council, while the general contractor is Balfour Beatty.
  2. The scheme is funded by Birmingham City Council, the European Regional Development Fund and Section 106 Planning Gain monies.
  3. Work on the site began in February 2014 and is scheduled for completion in mid-October 2014.
  4. For a hi-res version of the above image, please visit

For further information contact Jonathan Horsfall on 0121 303 3367

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