The £450 million Paradise Circus development in Birmingham city centre has taken another significant step forward with the appointment of an architect to design one its first buildings.

Eric Parry in London won a competitive tender against three other practices - Associated Architects in Birmingham and London firms Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Piercy & Co - to design the building for Plot D which will replace Central Library overlooking Chamberlain Square.

It is the second appointment to the project following the news in March that Birmingham-based Glenn Howells would also design a building.

Paradise Circus comprises 17 acres of development, infrastructure and enabling works, the latter of which is set to begin this autumn, and will comprise offices, shops, leisure and cultural facilities, revised road layout and new public realm.

Eric Parry, which has offices in London and Singapore, has completed several projects in the City of London and West End, including 5 Aldermanbury Square, 60 Threadneedle Street and 23 Saville Row.

The practice's previous cultural projects include the restoration of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, in Trafalgar Square, and the extension of the Holburne Museum of Art, in Bath.

Practice founder Eric Parry was elected Royal Academician in 2006, one of the highest accolades for a practising architect, and is currently exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer, in London.

He said: "I feel elated to have been awarded this project. Paradise Circus provides us with an exceptional opportunity to put our experience, expertise and flair to best use in designing a modern and sustainable building that responds to its historical and cultural setting.

"We are all immensely looking forward to working with the Paradise team and playing a part in making an exciting place that will attract businesses and visitors for many years to come."

 

Argent is delivering the mixed-use development on behalf of Hermes Real Estate.

Argent's managing partner David Partridge said: "This appointment, following an architectural competition, is a significant milestone in the project and I would like to congratulate all the firms for their efforts.

"The variety and standard of proposals presented to the selection panel was of the highest quality but Eric Parry Architect's submission stood out for its creative, yet practical design, which successfully complements both the listed historical and contemporary buildings."

Chris Taylor, chief executive of Hermes Real Estate, added: "Paradise Circus will provide a top quality environment centrally located within the core of the city centre, a place where people will be able to work, relax and dwell.

"We look forward to working with Eric Parry Architects to deliver this important scheme for the city of Birmingham."

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