Imagine Brierley Hill in the summer sun blazing with colour, with hanging baskets, flowers, greenery all around…#BHinBloom

BloomLogo1.pngImagine Brierley Hill in the summer sun blazing with colour, with hanging baskets, flowers, greenery all around.  Imagine a community coming together to show they care for their town.  Imagine people willing to give their time freely to look after their town.  To take pride.  To make a difference.

This is the vision of Brierley Hill in Bloom.  With £5,000 of funds from Brierley Hill Traders Association and Community First Brierley Hill work is underway to make the dream come true.

You can read about the project here:

Brierley Hill in Bloom Feasibility Report

Topping out ceremony held at new town Campus

THE sun shone on Stourbridge College’s skyline-changing new art and design campus in Brierley Hill as dignitaries gathered for the official ‘topping out’ ceremony.

College principal Lynette Cutting put the last piece of concrete in place at the event on Friday (March 25) marking the completion of the structure of the £12m building in Venture Way.

Work is now due to start on the state-of-the-art interior – and the college is due to open its doors to students in September.

Lynette said: “It’s incredible, after all the challenges we have faced with finance that we have reached this stage and record numbers of applications for our art and design courses are testimony to the fact that creative industries is alive and well in the Dudley borough.

“It’s a fantastic building and its really stands out.”

Located on the old Brier School site, the campus has been four years making.

At one point the project had to be scaled back after vital funds fell through but college bosses quickly came up with a plan which would see the building designed and built for a third of the original £36m cost – and construction work finally got underway last August.

When it is complete, the eye-catching creative industries campus will replace the college’s outdated Longlands campus and will accommodate up to 1,000 art and design, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital media students.

It will be kitted out with recycled furniture and equipment and will feature an iconic glass frontage – through which passersby will be able to see student exhibitons.

John Mensforth, construction director at BAM Construction which is carrying out the work, said he had been “impressed with the ambition” shown by the college in bringing the project to fruition. He added: “We are pleased to have reached this important milestone. We now look forward to the project’s successful completion later this year.”

Tim Sunter, chairman of the Brierley Hill Town Centre Partnership, described the building as “just fantastic”. He added: “The speed at which its risen out of the ground is a credit to everyone involved.”

‘Topping out’ ceremonies, marking the completion of a building’s structure, are thought to date back to Saxon times.

A yew branch is often also sited on the highest point of the building to ward away evil spirits.


Area Action Plan nearing completion

Brierley Hill Area Action Plan – a key planning document which will guide future developments in the area – is reaching its final run in to adoption following an ‘Examination in Public’ held at Dudley Council House in December.  Planners are now looking to formally adopt the plan this summer.

The proposed plan which will guide the creation of over 10,000 new jobs, a significant expansion of the Merry Hill Centre, the building of over 3,000 new homes in the area, and the introduction of more leisure and community facilities, was subject to questioning by Inspector Vincent Maher during a week of meetings and visits.

Community groups, council officials, traders, environmentalists, developers and landlords all attended the examination.

Overall the process was very positive – not a surprise given the amount of consultation that has taken place over the last decade.

Points of debate centred around how to improve public transport to the town, how to enhance the High Street, the impact of the introduction of car park charging at Merry Hill, how best to protect and enhance wildlife in the area and  the role of manufacturing within the plan.

Mr Maher is now considering his report on whether the plan conforms to national requirements and is realistic in its delivery prospects.  His report should be available at the end of this month, February.

All being well the plan should be ready for adoption this summer and the hard work of implementing it will gain a further boost.


Stourbridge College has proved that it’s cutting edge when it comes to creative industries and its designs on a new campus are on track for success with work about to begin on the Venture Way site.  The £12m investment in a new Centre in the heart of Brierley Hill is all set to contribute to the regeneration of the area and is the first phase in a rolling investment programme by one of the best performing colleges in the region. Continue reading COLLEGE VENTURE TAKES OFF

Work on Brierley Hill’s new college set to commence

Work on Stourbridge College’s new creative industries campus, set in the heart of Brierley Hill will be commencing on 23rd August.  The college will bring brand new arts and digital based courses to Brierley Hill and replace the outdated Longlands campus in Stourbridge.  Over 600 hundred students are expected to attend on a daily basis – bringing much needed business to the town centre.

Stourbridge College will use the Brierley Hill Town Centre Partnership group as a communication vehicle to keep key stakeholders and the local community informed of the progress of their new college building in Brierley Hill. This will include providing regular agenda items, blog postings and emails over the next year.

If anyone has questions or requires further information at this stage they should contact Mags Winthrop, the College’s communications co-ordinator by email: or by calling 01384 344482 during working hours.

A representative from the College will also be in attendance at the Town Centre Partnership meeting in September.

Spooky summer show set for Brierley Hill

A BRIERLEY Hill theatre group is planning a summer show which promises to be a spooky sensation for visitors.

The National Youth Theatre (NYT) is staging a production called Ghost Office which will take the audience on a journey through the story of a redundant office building at Merry Hill’s Waterfront.

The show, which will be performed in the empty building, will be devised by group members and directed by theatre professionals bringing together people of all ages to take part in an interactive NYT production.

A spokesperson for NYT said: “We aim to invest in young people with a broad range of talent and knowledge, not only in drama but other areas.”

Performances of Ghost Office will take place on Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14.

via Spooky summer show set for Brierley Hill (From Halesowen News).

See the new plans for Brierley Hill Campus

Stourbridge College has revealed the plans for its new £11 million state of the art Creative Industries Centre in Brierley Hill.  At a presentation to Brierley Hill Civic Society, Vice Principal Andy Sylvester told the meeting that the Centre, due to open in September 2011 will bring 600 full time students to the heart of the town.  Courses offered will include: fine art, weaving, fashion design, sculpture, graphic design and 3D design. Continue reading See the new plans for Brierley Hill Campus