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Four architects shortlisted for Paradise Circus work

Proposals from Gillespies, Grant Associates, Gustafson Porter and GROSS.MAX to transform 17 acres in the heart of Birmingham city centre were selected

Birmingham’s Paradise Circus
Birmingham’s Paradise Circus

Four architect practices have been shortlisted after proposals for the public space element of the Paradise Circus project were submitted.

Proposals from Gillespies, Grant Associates, Gustafson Porter and GROSS.MAX to transform 17 acres in the heart of Birmingham city centre were selected.

It is the latest step in the renaissance of Paradise Circus that gained outline planning approval over a year ago and is due to start on site later this year.

They have submitted detailed proposals with graphics and illustrations and the appointed architect will be announced by David Partridge, managing partner of Argent, on the Birmingham stand at MIPIM - the world’s largest real estate show – which starts on March 13.

Mr Partridge said all have extensive experience of working on similar projects throughout the UK and each practice has been issued with a comprehensive brief containing the exacting requirements and constraints for the site.

He added: “Having spent many years working on the plans and proposals for Paradise Circus, it is particularly gratifying to be so close to seeing the actual start of work on site.

“With the collection of world class listed buildings surrounding the site and its location in the civic heart of the city centre, we simply have to get the public spaces right. The selection of a landscape architect is a very important step as we have always held the strong belief that the public realm is an absolutely vital part of any successful development.”

The competition has seen the four practices produce sets of designs for the public open space using a variety of materials, planting and landscape features to bring the new mixed use development and the adjacent historic buildings together in an attractive, practical yet sympathetic way.

To help inform the brief for the landscape architecture, a design ‘charrette’ was held late last year in conjunction with Architects’ Journal.

Six teams of architects, landscape architects and artists were invited to visit the site, tour the city and spend a day producing fresh ideas on how the development could look.

This was followed by a critique from which a number of ideas have been used in the landscape architecture brief.

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