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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.


GHA’s task for 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 14,000 and 23,000 square meters of development.