Digbeth is an area of Birmingham, England. The area around Digbeth and Deritend was the first centre of industry in Birmingham and became one of the most heavily industrialised areas in the town.
Modern-day Digbeth is currently dominated by old industrial buildings and the blue-brick Victorian railway viaduct. Digbeth is also home to Birmingham's coach station which is operated by National Express, Britain's largest express coach network.
As part of the Eastside district, 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 coach station itself is also due to be redeveloped to a new design by MAKE Architects.
New developments include the Irish Quarter, the Arts and Media Annexe of South Birmingham College and the Custard Factory, a development designed to represent modern arts and music. Work to the Custard Factory has already seen the renovation of a number of buildings. Devonshire House, a Grade II listed building, is to be refurbished by S. B. Gray into studio and gallery space. The windows are to be replaced and a sculptural bridge will be installed in the building. The scheme has been designed by Weedon Partnership Architects.
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