A Birmingham high street is to benefit from a purpose-built village square after winning lottery funding.

Kings Heath will see a new square built near the All Saints Centre, with plans to host outdoor church services, music concerts, arts events and exhibitions in the new space.

The area will also feature a war memorial and place of remembrance.

All Saints Community Development Company (ASCDC), which manages the All Saints Centre in Kings Heath, beat hundreds of community projects to the £429,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Carl Hodgkiss, development manager from ASCDC, said: “It will provide people with an attractive environment where they can linger, meet friends and watch the world go by. It will be a great space for the whole community.”

Plans for the square, backed by members of the Kings Heath Business Association, were initially drawn up following a £15,000 donation from Kings Heath’s Business Improvement District.

Stan Hems, chairman of the association, said: “We are absolutely over the moon. This is a bright new chapter for Kings Heath and will help lead the area out of the recession.”