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The Custard Factory - Birmingham

Gibb Street Birmingham, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Venue Introduction

The Old Library is a unique historic venue situated in the heart of Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative quarter. This much loved venue offers a combination of character, space and first-class facilities.

Flooded with daylight and with soaring vaulted ceilings, breath-taking original windows, the Old Library’s blend of functional, open plan space and Victorian Gothic elegance will enhance the atmosphere of any event and make a mark with guests and delegates.
Over time the Old Library has played host to a multitude of private functions, from birthday parties and award ceremonies, to fashion shows and christenings. The unique historic venue has an abundance of character and versatile space, providing a stunning setting for a variety of private events.

Guests will be enchanted by the soaring vaulted ceiling and original Victorian windows, faithfully restored to ensure the essence of the Old Library’s history is maintained and the atmosphere of the event subtlety enhanced.

The Old Library can accommodate up to 150 people for a 3 course sit-down dinner, ideal for an awards ceremony or birthday party. The functional space could also work as a powerful backdrop to an art exhibition and drinks reception.

Through the 3 grand arch ways lies further space for a dance floor, ideally situated next to the bar area.


Additional Notes:

The Custard Factory, Birmingham’s revolutionary arts and media quarter is JUST 800 paces from the Bull Ring. This 5-acre sprawl of riverside factories was built 100 years ago by Sir Alfred Bird, the inventor of custard. At one time he had a thousand people making the stuff. Some even say it helped create the British Empire. But by the early 1980s it had long since lost its mysterious appeal and the factories fell derelict.

We took it over in 1990. We began to restore the buildings and announced open house (and studio) to the best of Birmingham’s young creative talent. The rush to come in was overwhelming. Since then a whole new inner city neighbourhood has begun to emerge – intricate, fine grained and threaded by green spaces, fountains and sculpture.

The award-winning first phase is now home to a dynamic community of over 500 artists and small creative enterprises,  affordable studios and offices are complemented by a theatre, café, antique shops, meeting rooms, dance studios, holistic therapy rooms, art galleries, bars and restaurants.

The second phase has seen the Custard Factory grow even further, with Zellig adding 101 new offices, studios, retail units and galleries to the quarter. Our community becomes more diverse every day, from fine dining restaurants to skate board ramps creating a dynamic and thriving quarter in Birmingham.

Room Information

Room NameSeat CapReception Cap
Old Library150300
Factory Works250600
Courtyard Boardoom12
Digbeth Arena600-900


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