The developer responsible for the Paradise Birmingham scheme, a £700m development seeking to rejuvenate the city centre’s commercial offerings and increase the availability of grade-A office space in the area, has recently unveiled plans for a ‘landmark’ office building amounting to 290,000 sq ft of workable area which is planned to form the entrance to the development as a whole and become one of the city’s “most prominent buildings”.

An artist's impression of One Centenary Way once completed   - Img: Insider Media
The new building, namely One Centenary Way, will overlook Centenary Square and provide an assortment of grade-A office space, along with retail units and restaurants situated on the ground and upper ground levels.

Property development firm Argent, who are acting as the development manager for the scheme, are currently preparing a planning application for the new building on behalf of Hermes Investment Management. The application is expected to be submitted to Birmingham City Council later this year, although no exact date has as yet been reported.

Rob Groves, regional director at Argent, said of the development’s ongoing progress, “There is significant momentum behind the Paradise scheme and this exhibition will highlight the detailed design of the next building in this transformational development.

“One Centenary Way will be one of the city’s most prominent buildings, overlooking the new upgraded Centenary Square and forming a landmark entrance to the Paradise development.”

The proposed development of One Centenary Square is just the latest component of a massive scheme underway at Paradise Birmingham, one which the developers are hoping will provide approximately 1.8million sq ft of office space across as many as ten brand new buildings. Works are already firmly underway on two of these buildings – One and Two Chamberlain Square – which will provide 172,000 sq ft and 183,000 sq ft of office space respectively.

A map showing the Paradise development as a whole   - Img: Paradise Birmingham
Chris Taylor, head of private markets at Hermes Investment Management, commented, “Paradise is one of the key city centre mixed-use developments in the UK outside London and an outstanding example of placemaking.

“Since work began on the first phase of the development in January 2015, we have seen excellent progress, with PwC already secured for the first building, work well under way on the second and plans for the third now being presented.

“The dramatic enhancements to the accessibility and quality of environment within the city centre will now enable Birmingham to regain its status as a global city of enterprise and talent.”

Glenn Howells Architects will present a public exhibition on the designs at 77 Paradise Circus on September 5th 2017.

Sam Bonson

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