Paradise Circus, Birmingham

GWP Project Services have been involved in the redevelopment of a significant part of Birmingham City Centre located on the old Paradise Circus site. When complete, all the buildings will be designed and assessed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

The 500m project, called ‘Paradise’ (nee Paradise Circus) will provide an exciting mixed use development of offices, shops, leisure and cultural facilities together with civic amenities, a hotel and new public space in the centre of Birmingham.

Phase one of Paradise will include the demolition of Birmingham Central Library, extensive highways works, construction of two new office buildings, and enhancements to the public space. The Paradise Circus development, which has been renamed Paradise Birmingham, is the most central regeneration scheme in Birmingham. Some of the city’s more recognisable buildings – the Central Library and the Conservatoire among them – will be knocked down to make way for a host of new buildings for office, leisure and hotel use, as well as more open public areas and a Midland Metro tram stop. Clearing work began in January 2015, with the first two buildings due to be constructed by 2018. The whole scheme is expected to be completed in 2025.

One Chamberlain Square, which has been designed by London-based Eric Parry Architects, will sit on the plot to be vacated by Central Library once demolition is completed later this year.

Directly opposite will be Two Chamberlain Square, created by Birmingham practice Glenn Howells Architects which also created the overall masterplan for Paradise.

The development is expected to take 11 years to complete and will eventually see eight grade A office buildings and a new hotel constructed.