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Paradise is the comprehensive reworking of one of the most complex and strategic urban sites in Birmingham, if not in Britain. It is where the city’s sensitive historic and civic core has been sliced through by layers of post-war redevelopment and by the multi-level ring road that disconnects it from areas to its west.

Our task for MEPC (formerly known as Argent) and Birmingham City Council has been to transform the area into a contemporary multi-purpose business, residential and leisure quarter that is sensitive to the Grade I and II* listed buildings adjacent and that reconnects the city’s ruptured public space with a new pedestrianised realm.

Feasibility studies encompassed multiple options including infrastructure alternatives and led to a swift outline consent that allows for between approximately 1.5 million and 2.5 million square feet of development.

Phase one completed in early 2021 and saw the transformation of one of Birmingham’s most significant public spaces, Chamberlain Square and the delivery of two commercial buildings, One and Two Chamberlain Square (TCS). Our design of TCS has successfully delivered a Grade A, spacious and flexible office building with the highest specification for today’s business needs.

We are currently working on the next exciting phases of Paradise which include One Rafcliff Square, a luxury boutique hotel, One Centenary Way, an innovative commercial office building and Octagon, a unique landmark building offering 370 new build to rent homes all built around two completely new public squares and opening up new connections across the city centre.

Above: Images show a completed phase one, including Two Chamberlain Square

Below: Octagon and One Centenary Way