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22nd Jun 2015

Planning applications submitted for Birmingham’s Paradise Development

Designs by Grant Associates for Birmingham’s landmark Paradise development have been submitted to Birmingham City Council as part of three detailed planning applications to upgrade the city centre.

Grant Associates’ designs for enhancing the public realm include a series of new streets and public squares around the area’s historic listed buildings. The plan to upgrade this key public realm will bring forward over 354,000 sqft NIA of speculative office and retail space in two new buildings, which have also been submitted for planning by developer Argent.

One Chamberlain Square, designed by Eric Parry Architects, provides 172,000 sqft NIA of Grade A office space over seven storey’s, including retail. The office entrance will be on Centenary Way, with restaurant or leisure uses on the ground floor and frontage onto Centenary Way, Congreve Street and Chamberlain Square.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, Two Chamberlain Square provides a further 182,000 sqft NIA of Grade A office space, which fronts onto Chamberlain Square, with the ground and upper ground levels offering space for leisure and retail uses.

Both proposed buildings overlook Chamberlain Square, which will be completely reconfigured by Grant Associates to enhance this central public space. The design concept includes a new, wide pedestrian street through the development that will link the upgraded Chamberlain Square to Centenary Square.

Argent’s 1.5m sqft project is part of a wider £450 million masterplan for Birmingham city centre designed by Glenn Howells Architects. The masterplan is a private-public joint venture between Paradise Circus Limited Partnership and Birmingham City Council. The city centre will see further investment with the revamp of Centenary Square in a separate scheme for Birmingham City Council designed by Graeme Massie Architects.

Image courtesy of Argent/Neighbourhood