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New plans lodged to complete next phase of Birmingham’s Paradise scheme

CGI of Three Chamberlain Square (left) and Ratcliff Passage at the Paradise project in Birmingham

A trio of new planning applications have been lodged which will complete the next phase of Birmingham’s £700 million Paradise scheme.

They are for a new 180,000 sq ft office building called Three Chamberlain Square neighbouring Town Hall and a 17-storey hotel next door, both fronting onto Paradise Street.

The third is for a series of new public squares and pedestrian routes through the site which will also see the return of the James Watt and Joseph Priestley statues.

Subject to consent, Three Chamberlain Square will be the fourth office building developed at the site, following One and Two Chamberlain Square which are now open and home to tenants such as law firms Knights and DLA Piper and financial services outfits PwC and Mazars.

One Centenary Way, which is the third office building and first of phase two, is due to be completed in early 2023 when it will provide a new home for built environment consultancy Arup which will relocate around 1,000 staff from Solihull.

New plans lodged to complete next phase of Birmingham's Paradise scheme

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Later phases of the 17-acre Paradise scheme include more office buildings and a 49-storey residential tower called Octagon which secured planning consent in April.

Rob Groves, regional development director with Paradise’s development manager MEPC, said: “This is a very significant moment for us as a development as we submit our planning applications to Birmingham City Council to complete phase two.

“With two further landmark buildings in the shape of Three Chamberlain Square and the new hotel, we are bringing forward cutting-edge proposals for highly sustainable buildings along with a new public realm which knits Paradise and the wider city centre together for the people of Birmingham to use and enjoy.”

CGI of Ratcliff Square, part of phase two of the Paradise project in Birmingham
CGI of Ratcliff Square, part of phase two of the Paradise project in Birmingham

Chris Taylor, chief executive of real estate at Paradise funder Federated Hermes, added: “These planning applications indicate our ambition to continue to build upon the significant progress we have already made at Paradise and reflect the confidence we continue to have in the city’s future as a global commercial destination.

“As long-term investors, we are committed to maintaining a forward-thinking, sustainable approach and bringing forward an overall scheme that will truly meet the needs of occupiers in the years to come as well as the demands of the people of Birmingham today.”

The design and planning team for these three latest applications includes FCBStudios, Glenn Howells Architects, Grant Associates, ISA Architecture & Design and Turley.

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