In 2019, the JQBID formally adopted the Jewellery Quarter Station to enhance this vital entry point to the Jewellery Quarter.
Adopting the Jewellery Quarter station
Working with community groups and organisations, the JQBID lead on a variety of projects to improve the look of the station to enhance the welcome for visitors, workers and residents. Through West Midlands Railway’s Adopt a Station scheme, the JQBID has installed planters, a new Jewellery Quarter map in the lobby, a community notice board, and housed several art exhibitions inside the main walkway.
Securing investment for an urban planting scheme
In 2019, the JQBID was successful in securing a community grant of £66k from West Midlands Railway and the Department for Transport to further improve the JQ Train Station through implementing an urban planting scheme. Titled “Greening a Grey Station”, the scheme will see large planters take over the two platforms and the introduction of pocket parks to enhance the environment for passengers and local residents.
Designed by lead station adopter and local garden designer Gaynor Steele, the project will also involve training opportunities for local community members who want to develop their own urban gardening projects.
Showcasing history and heritage
In addition to the planting scheme, the JQBID also works with members of the community to develop pieces of art that showcase the area’s unique history and heritage. Being installed in 2021 include a large vinyl graphic along the main walkway showing a timeline of the Jewellery Quarter’s history, as well as a large graphic on platform 2 through working with local artists and university students.
Head over to the main project page to see how you can get involved in our station activities