A floating outdoor coffee shop has opened at Port Loop, Birmingham’s new island community being delivered by Joint Ventre partners Places for People and Urban Splash.

Organised by CIVIC SQUARE, The Floating Front Room is operating from the Port Loop canal boat, with guest baristas and bakers serving takeaway coffees and cakes every Monday between 9am and 3pm and every Wednesday and Saturday, between 10am and 3pm, until Christmas*.

In keeping with Port Loop’s desire for residents to ‘live well by accident’ and ‘be green without trying’, every Saturday CIVIC SQUARE will be working with EZoCycle to offer free bike checks and maintenance classes to anyone that visits The Floating Front Room; helping to promote greener travel solutions and healthy lifestyles.

Additionally, residents and the local community can participate in free taster canoeing lessons with Olympian, Andy Train, every Wednesday at Port Loop, encouraging more people to use the local waterways for recreation and travel.

Ad-hoc outdoor pop up shops – such as Back to Brum Books and Pedalling Pantry – will also be operating at The Floating Front Room on a regular basis.

There are currently two house types for sale at Port Loop: Town House and Brick House, with prices starting from £315,000. Help to Buy is available and there is currently no Stamp Duty to pay on any of the new homes.

Port Loop is being delivered by developers Urban Splash and Places for People, alongside the charity, Canal & River Trust, and Birmingham City Council. In total, Port Loop will deliver 1,150 new homes, in addition to new retail and leisure spaces. A new one acre park has already been delivered.

For further information visit port-loop.com. More information about The Front Room can be found at https://www.thefrontroom.cc/ and information about Civic Square is available at https://civicsquare.cc/.

*During the current lockdown, operating hours have been reduced to 10am – 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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