Rob Groves, Regional Director with Argent, development managers of Paradise, said: ‘The re-opening of Chamberlain Square is a key milestone not just for the Paradise development, but for the city of Birmingham. After five years of construction and a year of lockdowns, we are now seeing the fruits of all the effort that has gone into Paradise in the shape of new occupiers in our first two commercial buildings making major investments in the city as well as new pedestrian access points across the city and through the public realm.
‘The significance of Chamberlain Square is important not just for us, but for the city and also for the country as a whole because this is a high profile project that was successfully delivered during 2020, despite all the challenges. During last year we welcomed PwC to their largest UK regional office at One Chamberlain Square, made occupier announcements with Knights and Mazars joining DLA Piper at Two Chamberlain Square, and welcomed leisure operators like Dishoom.
‘We also submitted a planning application for Octagon, a 49 storey residential tower, and started construction of our next commercial building, One Centenary Way. Finally, we also announced the winners of the architectural competition for our next commercial building, Three Chamberlain Square. It was a very busy year and we know 2021 is already seeing more of the same kind of activity having already announced Rosa’s Thai will be opening this year.’
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: ‘Paradise is fast becoming an essential part of our local and regional economy. With its 2 million square feet of development, new infrastructure improvements and new public realm like the revitalised Chamberlain Square, it is already making a difference to promoting jobs and skills for the city and will continue to do so in the years to come.’
Chris Darroch, Fund Director at Federated Hermes International, said: ‘Our commitment to Paradise has brought about a major new development for the city and its people with genuine mixed use buildings already playing their role in boosting the local economy and providing jobs and opportunities for the people of the West Midlands.’
Tim Pile, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), said: ‘The re-opening of Chamberlain Square along with the Paradise development will play a vital role in economic recovery for the region. GBSLEP’s investment of £139m into Paradise has meant that infrastructure which once blocked off the square has been removed to create more space for businesses to relocate and for our people to come and enjoy.
‘I see this area as the civic heartbeat of the city centre, surrounded by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Town Hall and the Council House. Now the new Paradise development will breathe even more energy into this already magnificent square which will be welcoming people from all over the world when we host the Commonwealth Games next year.’