Carillion has today started the external demolition works at Paradise in Birmingham city centre marking the beginning of the transformation of the 17 acre site.
The site will be cleared in phases over a two year period with the first stage concentrating on the east side of the site including the old Central Library.
The Paradise scheme is one of the biggest redevelopment projects Birmingham has seen in a generation and will dramatically transform a whole area of the city around Centenary and Chamberlain Squares.
The mixed use development includes; offices, shops, leisure and cultural facilities, a hotel and civic amenities. In total the development will comprise a gross internal area of some 1.8million sq ft.
Earlier this year, in preparation for the start of the demolition works, Carillion removed the statues of Joseph Priestly, James Watt and Thomas Attwood from Chamberlain Square which have been carefully stored before being returned later in the development.
Carillion operations director Simon Dingle said: “Today is a momentous day for Birmingham as we start the demolition which marks the beginning of a new phase for this part of the city centre. Paradise is a crucial project for Birmingham and Carillion is very proud to be part of the team working on the transformation.”