Officials have begun to weigh up options for the future of Birmingham’s popular German Christmas market as the demolition of the old Central Library is set to have major knock-on effect.
The bulldozers are set to move into Paradise Forum in January to pull down the Brutalist landmark for the construction of new office blocks – but it means parts of Chamberlain Square and Paradise Forum may be off limits.
And with the German Christmas Market attracting an estimated five million visitors this year, council bosses are keen that the construction does not impact on future success.
Officials have now sat down with the Paradise developers to look at possible alternatives for the event – one of which might involve the market being extended along Waterloo Street and Bennetts Hill.
But the developers have promised to keep a walkway through the construction site between Victoria and Centenary Squares so those could still be used for the market.
A council spokesman said: “We can categorically state that Millennium Point is not being considered as an alternative venue.”
The Paradise developers, Hermes and Argent, will begin stripping out the Central Library building on January 5, followed by demolition.
This year’s market closed on Monday at 9pm. Around 180 stalls selling everything from pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, to weissbeer, mulled cider, toys and more, have lined New Street from the Rotunda all the way to Victoria Square.
A council spokesman said: “Last year it attracted almost five million visitors, generating £85 million for the local economy.”