Chamberlain Square re-opens at Paradise
One of Birmingham’s most significant public spaces, Chamberlain Square, has re-opened to the public as the final part of the first phase of the £700m Paradise scheme.
Following its closure in November 2015, the square has been transformed with new paving, steps and lighting. On hand to mark the occasion were Leader of Birmingham City Council, councillor Ian Ward, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership chair Tim Pile, fund director at Federated Hermes International, Chris Darroch, and regional director of Argent, Rob Groves.
The square has been completely updated. Sioban Coppinger’s 1993 bronze statue of Thomas Attwood, Birmingham Man, has been fully restored and returned to his position sitting on the steps close to the Town Hall.
The centrepiece of the square remains the 140 year old Chamberlain Memorial which has been fully cleaned and renovated with the fountain and its jets replaced.
Two commercial buildings, One Chamberlain Square and Two Chamberlain Square, totalling 350,000 sq ft of space, now face onto the square and form the commercial part of Phase One of Paradise.
Rob Groves, regional director with Argent, development managers of Paradise, said: “The re-opening of Chamberlain Square is a key milestone not just for the Paradise development, but for the city of Birmingham.
“After five years of construction and a year of lockdowns, we are now seeing the fruits of all the effort that has gone into Paradise in the shape of new occupiers in our first two commercial buildings making major investments in the city as well as new pedestrian access points across the city and through the public realm.
“The significance of Chamberlain Square is important not just for us, but for the city and also for the country as a whole because this is a high profile project that was successfully delivered during 2020, despite all the challenges. During last year we welcomed PwC to their largest UK regional office at One Chamberlain Square, made occupier announcements with Knights and Mazars joining DLA Piper at Two Chamberlain Square, and welcomed leisure operators like Dishoom.
“We also submitted a planning application for Octagon, a 49 storey residential tower, and started construction of our next commercial building, One Centenary Way. Finally, we also announced the winners of the architectural competition for our next commercial building, Three Chamberlain Square. It was a very busy year and we know 2021 is already seeing more of the same kind of activity having already announced Rosa’s Thai will be opening this year.”