Paradise Circus, Birmingham13.01.16
As many of you may already be aware, the grand redevelopment of Paradise Circus is well underway. Now, for many drivers, this is quite bothersome, and just the thought of driving through the centre of Birmingham right now may cause them to snarl a little. But, it will all be so worth it when the works are finished and the transformation is complete, and visitors to Birmingham will be able to enjoy an exciting new leisure and retail space which will reshape the city centre as we now know it.
The company responsible for the redevelopment – Argent, are also responsible for other impressive mixed-use spaces including our very own Brindleyplace, and Kings Cross in London. Their vision for the transformation of Paradise Circus is that it will revamp the area as much as it will complement the historic buildings there such as the Council House, the Town Hall and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The redevelopment plans to introduce up to ten new buildings, housing many new restaurants and cafés, shops, Grade A offices and a 4* hotel with 250 rooms. There will be three new public squares and new pedestrian streets, as well as the redesigning of the existing Chamberlain Square. The Central Library has finally met its demise, and is currently being demolished to make way for the first two new buildings, after a campaign which has been running for several years to save it. Although, Prince Charles famously once said that it looked more like “a place where books are incinerated, not kept”. Well, it kinda does…
The Midland Metro tram is also being extended to run from Snow Hill to New Street station and on to the eastern end of Broad Street, providing immediate access to Paradise, with its own dedicated stop.