As we enter the final few weeks at Impact Hub Birmingham, we’re keen to share some of our favourite work and event spaces across the city that we’re recommending to our current members, clients and friends as they seek alternative place to grow their ideas and host their vision. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we know everyone likes to work and host in a broad range of ways, but here are some of those versatile and community-focused examples that we think offer something of particular interest to those we’ve been lucky enough to have as part of the Impact Hub Birmingham community over the last 5 years.
We’re truly grateful for all of those who have chosen to base themselves with us over the years, and host events – from small meetings to huge hackferences and conferences – and are excited to build what’s next, but in the current reality we’d absolutely love to see independent spaces across Birmingham benefit from the business of those who are saying goodbye to the Walker Building along with us, so let us show you around. Go forth, let’s convene, spread what we’ve found in this place and be excellent to one another.
Smithfield Garade, Meriden Street, Birmingham, B5 5LS
Located just around the corner from our Walking Building site, Meltingpot is an independent collaborative workspace tailor made for the creative industries. inside you’ll find a variety of crafted spaces to run your business from including; open offices, meeting areas, hot desks, art and design studios and workshop space, along with a beautiful multi-use space available to members and for non-members to simply hire for workshops, exhibitions, media shoots etc.
The Old Print Works, 498-506 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9AH
The Transfer is a friendly and professional co-working space in which freelancers and remote workers can get on with their own projects in a calm and productive place. If you care about sustainability, localism, creativity and/or community wellbeing and want to work alongside otherwise who share similar values, this is the space for you.
Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1TT
Alpha Works is nestled high up in Birmingham’s iconic Alpha building, a historic and well-loved landmark that has undergone extensive refurbishment and now houses hot-desks, co-working and private office space. Their Co-Work membership provides you with a dedicated spot, working side-by-side with other members. There’s a spacious desk that is yours and yours alone, as well as a comfy chair and lockable storage for your personal belongings. Their Community Team is also on hand to make introductions and help with whatever you need.
1464 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 2NT
Artefact is a community-focused art gallery, workspace and cafe / bar in Stirchley, South Birmingham, supporting national and international artists. Along with the chance to work informally over coffee and connect with people locally, Artefact offers an incredible range of programming including exhibitions, spoken word, reading groups, games nights and discussion groups to get your creative juices flowing. Their multi-functional spaces can also be used for workshops, talks, meetings and private events.
Medicine Bakery + Gallery
69a New Street, Birmingham, B2 4DU
Medicine is an artisan bakery, cafe and gallery, offering sanctuary from bustling New Street for lunch meetings, or working remotely alongside other nomadic folks over coffee. For them it represents a new format of social space. It finds its niche through a carefully curated menu of ethical products, whilst offering a daily fix of cultural inspiration in an environment which promotes a debate about art and culture.
Legacy Centre for Excellence
144 Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Legacy is Europe’s largest Black-owned business and arts centre. Based in Aston, they are dedicated to raising the aspirations for the community; local people and businesses alike. With a variety of spaces in their newly refurbished site (formerly The Drum Arts Centre) they offer a range of events, workshops and projects to encourage engagement with the arts, STEM and business within the local community. The transformed site, which spans across 2 floors, features new rented offices, a coworking hub, educational courses, events spaces and a live music theatre. With an onsite bar/restaurant, two auditoriums and a number of office spaces, they are able to cater to live performance, workshops, business meetings, as well as mass functions such as parties and ceremonies.
1 Dudley Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4EG
BOM is a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose. Less than one minute’s walk from Birmingham New Street Station, BOM’s building is a pioneering experiment in inclusive design. Following a £180,000 refurbishment in October 2018, their ground and mezzanine floors boast a bespoke new lighting system and sound design across the spaces, as well as brand new heating and air conditioning to ensure the perfect environment for events and catering for a range of access needs. The ground floor is now fully accessible with a ramped entrance, and from December 2018 their new platform lift provides wheelchair access to the mezzanine and basement floors too. From workshops, launch parties and networking events and with their own fully licenced cafe bar with on-site catering, they can also provide high end technical support for events.
The Signing Tree
Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ
The Signing Tree venue is a social enterprise business of BID Services, a charity supporting people with a sensory loss since 1875.
An inspiring conference, training and meeting venue close to the centre of Birmingham, their contemporary, bright and spacious rooms are all finished to a high standard creating an environment where delegates can contribute, participate and engage. Opened in 2007, the venue is located within the award-winning Deaf Cultural Centre building which houses the charity’s offices, as well as supporting community and leisure projects, arts exhibitions and social events. All 9 of their rooms offer natural daylight and all the IT / AV you would expect from a high quality conference and meetings venue.
For further information and content related to the closure of Impact Hub Birmingham, please visit The Department for Closing Impact Hub Birmingham. The DFCIHB aims to make the closing of Impact Hub Birmingham much smoother than leaving the European Union, and will be updating further information and resources in the run up to closing.