Date: Thursday 18 June 2020
Our West Midlands team teamed up with New Frankley in Birmingham City Council, to showcase the history behind its Cofton View development in Longbridge.
A history information stand was installed at the development before the lockdown, designed to inform local residents about the history of the site and to leave a lasting legacy in Longbridge.
The lectern includes details of the ‘The Flight Shed’ which forms a huge part of the site’s history during World War II. The former manufacturing factory was constructed in the mid-1930s as part of the ‘Austin Aero’ to act as a shadow factory to build aircraft for use in the war with Germany.
Brett O’Reilly, Councillor for Longbridge and West Heath said: “It was a privilege for Birmingham City Council to have a hand in the design of the new lectern at Cofton View. The history of the site is incredibly important to Longbridge and it’s great that local residents can visit the site to reflect on the site’s former use which dates back to the mid-1930s. I’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for allowing Birmingham City Council along with the local community, to be so heavily involved.”