Birmingham has gone into security overload as the city geared up for a visit from the Government at the annual Labour party conference.
Police welded drain covers shut, checked in bins and sifted through the canals around the International Convention Centre in the biggest security operation in the city since the visit of Bill Clinton and the other world leaders in the 1998 G8 summit.
But local leaders said it would be business as usual for the thousands of revellers who flock to Broad Street and the surrounding area for the nightlife every weekend. And they said the presence of 3,000 Labour supporters needing food and drink for the weekend would make the area even more successful than usual.
The area around the ICC has been packed with police for the past few days checking the area to prevent a possible terrorism attack.
One local worker said: "It's been locked down since Monday. You can't get anywhere near the ICC, they've put turnstiles up on the bridge from Brindleyplace, and the Hyatt is completely fenced off with a turnstile outside it."
But Gary Taylor, the director of Brindleyplace owner Argent, said: "It's inevitable there are some security implications for visitors, but we are looking forward to it.
"We have grabbed the opportunity and we will be putting on music in Brindleyplace. The whole event is about putting Birmingham on the national stage. But everything is going to be running as normal for locals. Everything will be open as usual, all the car parking will be open as usual, we would encourage people to come along and welcome the visitors."
The message was the same on Broad Street. Julie Amer of the Broad Street Business Improvement District said: "It isn't going to affect the weekend for people.
"All the normal businesses will be open. There are just a few road closures, but pedestrians will be able to get about easily. We're expecting a largely normal weekend."
A traffic management plan that will last until 5am on Monday will see traffic banned from Broad Street between Gas Street and Paradise Circus, and from Cambridge Street between Kingston Row and Brindley Drive.
In addition, Broad Street from Sheepcote Street to Gas Street, and Gas Street itself will be limited to traffic needing access to frontages and will not allow through traffic.
Motorists will only be able to get on to these streets via Berkley Street. The Hyatt Hotel, where the majority of conference delegates are staying, will be completely closed off to the public for the weekend. And the Civic Centre car park next to the Repertory Theatre will also be closed.
Apart from the route straight though the ICC, which is closed for the duration of the conference, there are no plans to restrict pedestrians over the weekend.