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Public squares, hotel and office revealed in city’s new Paradise scheme plans

The next part of Birmingham’s groundbreaking Paradise scheme has been revealed in a series of CGI images.

Plans for a new 180,000 sq ft commercial building – Three Chamberlain Square – a new 17-storey hotel on the corner of Paradise Street and a series of new public squares and pedestrian routes through the development have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

It will complete the second phase of the grand Paradise project – the £700 million redevelopment of the heart of the city.

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Western Terrace

The public walkways will build on the success of the new public realm like Chamberlain Square, Congreve Street and Centenary Way and see the restored statues of James Watt and Joseph Priestley returned to the area.

The application submissions follow a three-week virtual public consultation exercise in July.

This included an online webinar with the design teams, along with with video presentations and leaflets available to view on the website and online comment forms and frequently asked questions.

There were almost 5,000 views of the relevant pages of the Paradise website during this period.

Public squares, hotel and office revealed in city's new Paradise scheme plans
Ratcliff Square

Rob Groves, regional development director with Paradise’s development manager MEPC, said: “This is a very significant moment for us as a development as we submit our planning applications to Birmingham City Council to complete phase two.

“With two further landmark buildings in the shape of Three Chamberlain Square and the new hotel, we are bringing forward cutting edge proposals for highly sustainable buildings along with new public realm which knits Paradise and the wider city centre together, for the people of Birmingham to use and enjoy.”

The development masterplan is creating new pedestrian links both north-south and east-west across the city – which is something that will be furthered by the new public realm proposed for the completion of the second phase.

Public squares, hotel and office revealed in city's new Paradise scheme plans
Map of the Paradise development in Birmingham

Chris Taylor, CEO of Real Estate at the international business of Federated Hermes, added: “These planning applications indicate our ambition to continue to build upon the significant progress we have already made at Paradise and reflect the confidence we continue to have in the city’s future as a global commercial destination.

“As long-term investors, we are committed to maintaining a forward-thinking, sustainable approach and bringing forward an overall scheme that will truly meet the needs of occupiers in the years to come as well as the demands of the people of Birmingham today.”

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