Paradise for Carillion as it wins huge Birmingham city centre regeneration contract

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services giant Carillion has won the contract for the enabling and first phase infrastructure work on the £500m Paradise Circus project in central Birmingham.

No monetary value has been put on the contract but informed sources have suggested a figure of £30m. 

Paradise Circus General Partner – the joint venture company formed for the project – selected Carillion after a formal tender process. A programme of enabling works is due to start this autumn and phase one infrastructure works early next year.

The Paradise Circus project is being taken forward through a joint venture company between Birmingham City Council and Hermes Real Estate. Developer Argent is managing the design and delivery of the site works on its behalf as well as being the development manager for Hermes Real Estate on the commercial buildings.

Chris Taylor, chief executive, Hermes Real Estate, said: “The appointment of Carillion will add to the vast experience of our already top class project team.

“This is an important project for the regeneration of Birmingham and Paradise Circus will bring high quality, office-led mixed-use space in a city where there is a looming shortage of sustainable Grade A office space.”

Carillion chief executive Richard Howson said: “Paradise Circus is a crucial project for the city and Carillion is very proud to have been selected to be part of it.

“We are looking forward immensely to starting work on the site, supporting infrastructure and working alongside such an experienced and successful team.”

Rob Groves, senior project director for Argent said: “The project is now moving forward very rapidly with activity planned to start on site later this year, on the first phase of the major redevelopment of this key part of the city centre.

“The appointment of Carillion as contractor, following that of Grant Associates as Landscape Architects, Glenn Howells as architects of the first building and the imminent results of an architects’ competition for the design of the second, is a further indicator of the positive evolution of this game-changing development for Birmingham.”

Meanwhile, a Carillion consortium has been appointed preferred bidder for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route – a project estimated to be worth £745m.
The Connect Roads consortium comprising Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try has been appointed as the preferred bidder to finance, design, build and operate the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty Project.
This project is being delivered in partnership by Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council and is being procured under the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distribution (NPD) model.

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