Three construction projects in the £500 milliom Paradise development in central Birmingham have been given the go-ahead, paving the way for building work to start within weeks.
Three planning applications were passed for two new office buildings – One and Two Chamberlain Square – along with the major enhancement of public space.
The applications comprise two office-led developments overlooking Chamberlain Square, which will also undergo improvements, including the creation of a new pedestrian street linking to Centenary Square.
Carillion was appointed last year to deliver phase one enabling and infrastructure works.
Senior projects director of Argent, Rob Groves, said: “Now we have the City’s permission, we will move forward on delivering these two exceptional office buildings and public space enhancements and bring our plans to create this prestigious business address at the civic heart of Birmingham into reality.
“As well as the two new office buildings, the attractive wide streets and squares will enhance the remarkable historic setting, which has one of the UK’s finest collections of Victorian civic buildings.”
Sir Albert Bore, leader of the city council, said: “As the city sees an unprecedented amount of construction projects and celebrates a series of major transformational events, including the opening of the multi-million pound New Street Station and Grand Central, Paradise further consolidates Birmingham’s position as a city that is on the up, attracting investment from some of the world’s biggest firms, creating jobs and enjoying more growth and prosperity.”
When complete, the £500 million Paradise scheme will include 1.8 million sq ft of office and shops and will also include a hotel.