The future for the Paradise Circus scheme has become clearer after an architect practice was selected to design 17 acres of public space in the centre of Birmingham.
Grant Associates won a competition to design the area, it was unveiled at MIPIM today, beating competition from GROSS MAX, Gillespies and Gustafson Porter.
David Partridge, managing partner of Argent, which is delivering the key scheme, said it was a major step forward.
He said: “All the entries were of the highest quality and clearly followed the brief to create a world class public realm that would complement the listed historical and contemporary new buildings.
“The appointment of a landscape architect is a significant milestone in the project and I would like to congratulate all the firms for the considerable time, effort and resources they put into their submissions.”
Speaking for Grant Associates, Director Peter Chmiel said: “We are thrilled and delighted to be appointed as landscape architects for Paradise Circus. This is a high profile project right in the heart of Birmingham and the public realm is a vital part of it. Grant Associates look forward to working with the team and will ensure that the public space creates the best possible setting for this development and its wider environment.”
The announcement at MIPIM was accompanied by news that an Architects Competition is also to be held for the design of one of the buildings to be constructed during the first phase of the development.
The competition will see four architectural practices submit designs for the first building on plot D. As the scheme’s master-planners, Glenn Howells Architects has already been appointed for the design of the building in plot E. Both buildings will overlook Chamberlain Square.
The shortlisted firms are Associated Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), Eric Parry and Piercy & Co.