Students appeal for BUILD event

Sophia Costa, Adam Busst, James Cox, Steven Brown from the North Solihull Partnership, Laura Pett and Amy White

Students appeal for BUILD event

(25th March 2008)

A group of media students from North Solihull are looking for old photographs to help them with an exhibition highlighting the regeneration of their area.

The B.U.I.L.D exhibition, which stands for Be United In Local Development, will showcase photographs and short films created by students at City Technology College in Kingshurst who have been interviewing residents about their memories and views on the area.

The project and subsequent exhibition is a response to the £1.8 billion Regenerating North Solihull project which is currently transforming the three wards of Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst and Fordbridge and Smith's Wood.

The project, which is being driven by the North Solihull Partnership, will see the construction of 8,000 new homes, the upgrading of 12,500 more, the replacement of every primary school and the construction of five new village centres with shops, offices and community facilities.

 The open event showing the work will take place on the April 2 at the Kingshurst Youth Centre, 5 Marston Drive, Kingshurst from 12pm till 5pm. Light refreshments will be provided and the event will be free of charge to enter.

"The regeneration scheme will affect all our lives so it is important that people understand what is going to happen over the coming years and why it's happening", said student Kirsti Anderson.

Fellow organiser Natalie Studholme added: "The event will give an insight into the regeneration of the area that's going on today as well as how the area looked in the past. It's an event not to be missed!"

Janet Bradbury, chief executive of the North Solihull Partnership, the consortium driving the regeneration project, said: "The residents of North Solihull are extremely proud of the history of their area and this project will help document the positive changes taking place around them in the years to come."

If you can provide any photographs that may be useful for the event or would like some information contact Steven Brown, the children and young people's active involvement coordinator from the North Solihull Partnership on or for an educational view on the event please do not hesitate to contact Clive Adams, head of media studies at  

For more details contact Core on 0121 643 8151.