Victorian roller shutters uncovered during tram works

A piece of history has been uncovered during construction work for the Birmingham Westside extension.

Original Victorian roller shutters have been exposed at a shop in Pinfold Street during the demolition stage of works to extend the tramway from Grand Central to Hagley Road in Edgbaston.

The shutters, which were previously hidden by hair salon Supercuts’ shop front, will be preserved and enclosed with new fascia, due to its historical interest.

Construction on the first phase of the Birmingham Westside tram extension to Centenary Square started last year, whilst enabling works have begun on phase two, connecting Centenary Square to Edgbaston.
When open for passenger service (phase one in 2019/2020, and phase two in 2021), it will have five tram stops at Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Brindley Place, Five Ways and Hagley Road.