Two Chamberlain Square, the second building of the £700 million Paradise development in Birmingham, topped out on Friday. The eight storey, 40 metre high commercial building in the heart of the Paradise development will feature floorplates of up to 25,000 square feet and with a stunning terrace overlooking the revamped Chamberlain Square, the building is set to make a positive statement on the city’s skyline.
At the topping out ceremony a golden bolt was installed into the steel frame at the top of the building by leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward (pictured above), along with Rob Groves, Argent’s regional director, and David Ellis, regional director of construction firm BAM. Two Chamberlain Square brings a striking, contemporary addition to Chamberlain Square and will continue to attract attention during 2019 as the white stonework is added to the façade. On the ground floor the building features active restaurant, bar and retail usage, with tenant announcements expected later in the year.
Dav Bansal, Director, said “This marks an important milestone for the entire team at Glenn Howells Architects as we move a step closer towards achieving the vision for our city’s civic heart. Paradise is not only transforming this area, but also creating a world-class setting for the heritage buildings alongside these contemporary additions that will redefine Chamberlain Square. Two Chamberlain Square will complete the first phase – attracting future occupiers, visitors and retaining the best talent in the city. This is a proud moment for Birmingham and we’re delighted to be a part of it.”
Cllr Ian Ward (pictured above), said: “I’m immensely proud to be part of this topping out ceremony for what is already a superb new building in the UK’s foremost city centre development. Paradise is an example of Birmingham delivering on its growth, skills and jobs agenda and a huge vote of confidence in the city. Thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, the city continues to move forward and we are beginning to feel the very real benefits and economic uplift of projects like Paradise. But as well as creating and sustaining new jobs for the people of Birmingham, Paradise is also about restoring and improving connectivity for pedestrians across the city centre and providing a fitting environment for our historic civic buildings.”
Rob Groves, Regional Director at Argent, said: “This topping out is a huge moment for both Paradise and Birmingham. We have achieved so many milestones over the past 10 years, but this one feels extra special and reflects the huge momentum behind this incredibly significant scheme. Rising above the challenges of the liquidation of Carillion at the beginning of 2018, the scheme continues at pace with both of our first buildings advancing. 2019 will be even more significant with the completion of the first phase of Paradise bringing our first occupiers to the development. This will include the completion of the Phase 1 public realm that the people of Birmingham will be able to both witness and be part of.”
Overlooking the Grade 1 listed Town Hall and Grade 2 listed Council House and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Two Chamberlain Square sits at the heart of the Paradise development with direct access from the new public realm. An enhanced Chamberlain Square will open later this year along with the newly completed Centenary Way.
David Ellis, Regional Director with BAM, said: “We have been working flat out to finish the initial construction phase which ends with the topping out of the building today. It has been a challenging but also hugely rewarding job to get Two Chamberlain Square to the position it is now in. As the façade work and fit-out continues this year I am sure it will become an instantly recognisable feature of the city’s skyline and an essential part of the Paradise development.”