The Northbrook Street fence panels were designed by Anuradha Patel over eight months in 2005. There are two sets of eight panels, each two and one half by one and one half metres in size. Each is made of laser-cut mild steel, hand-painted from a palette of seven colours. Each Panel has a unigue meaning. Staff, parents and children from Barford Road and St Patrick's Primary Schools helped develop the designs. The Northbrook Street Fence was officially opened on Thursday, 8th June 2006 by Councillor Sir Albert Bore.
Work was done as part of the Summerfield Regeneration Programme responding to the concerns of residents. It celebrates local heritage, enhances the appearance of the canal side, improves safe seating and provides an OCTV camera.
Supported by Birmingham City Council, Urban Living and SRB6, the panels were fabricated locally in Hockley by Artform Fabrications. British Waterways undertook refurbishment of the canalside area and ENTA worked on site. Several tons of rubbish were removed and safety fencing was repaired and repainted.