Glenn Howells submits plans for £450 million makeover of Paradise Circus
Glenn Howells Architects has lodged a planning application for its £450 million makeover of Birmingham’s Paradise Circus
Submitted by developers Argent, the large-scale, city centre redevelopment will cover 6.8ha of land between Centenery Square and Chamberlain Square and will spell the end for John Madin’s Birmingham Central Library.
Howells has spent several years on the designs for the mixed-use site which involve the demolition of the brutalist landmark and include a new home for the Birmingham Conservatoire. The new-look site will combine office space, retail, leisure, and civil and cultural amenities.
Glenn Howells said: ‘We have produced a masterplan that successfully combines a contemporary and sustainable approach to design, alongside the need to work sympathetically with the magnificent, historic civic buildings that lie adjacent to the site.’
The creation of linked pedestrian walkways and squares, traffic free settings and opened up views aims to revitalise an area of the city which is widely regarded as tired and unwelcoming.
‘This proposal puts people and the environment first by providing traffic-free roads and squares along with attractive vistas’ he said.
Improvements to the infrastructure in and around the site are also planned – connecting Paradise Circus with its surrounding districts and earlier redevelopment sites such as Brindley Place.
Rob Groves, senior project director at Argent, said the proposals have been well received. ‘This is a nationally important site and we are very excited about the opportunity to create a sustainable, first class environment that should transform a key part of Birmingham City Centre.’
If planning permission is granted, a detailed planning application for the first phase of work will be drawn up for submission later next year.