GWP Project Services led sustainability consultancy and BREEAM assessment services on the ambitious Paradise development in Birmingham has now secured planning permission for the first two buildings. The £500m multi phase regeneration scheme involves the demolition of the old Central Library and construction of 10 new buildings around a series of new squares and streets in the heart of the city. The Paradise redevelopment is being brought forward through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP), a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council, with the private sector funding being managed by Hermes Investment Management with Argent acting as development manager who are also involved in the prestigious regeneration of Kings Cross, London.

Phase one of the scheme was granted planning permission last week by Birmingham City Council, approving the construction of two new office buildings, by leading architects Eric Parry and Glen Howells Architects at Number One and Number Two Chamberlain Square, respectively.

These Grade A office buildings, which will sit within a newly masterplanned 8 acre site, each aim to achieve BREEAM shell and core ‘Excellent’ ratings as well as demonstrating best practice levels of corporate responsibility and social sustainability, through measures such as maximising passive energy efficiency, using local workforce within the construction team and collaboration with local arts and community organisations.