Paradise born from Brutal Birmingham End
It has been almost three months to the day since I blogged about the demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.blogspot.com/2016/07/brutal-birmingham-end-july-2016-update_27.html, to make way for the Paradise development, http://birminghamcentral.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/paradise-circus-spins-into-planning.html. Work has now moved onto demolition of the adjacent Adrian Boult Hall while the foundation works for the first office block, One Chamberlain Square, are underway.
Bruce Gillingham Pollard (BGP) has been appointed as restaurant and retail leasing agent to develop the units that will add a vibrant active streetscape below the new offices, http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/2016/10/agents-appointed-to-bring-high-quality-restaurants-and-retail-to-paradise/
Surrounding the site road works have finished ahead of schedule, http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/2016/10/paradise-highway-works-to-complete-ahead-of-schedule/, with the final section due to be completed in Summer 2017.
Due to unforeseen defects affecting a plant room situated in the path of the final new road layout, full completion of the highways works – with Great Charles Street traffic reverting to two lanes in and out of the city and the new pedestrian surface crossing – has been delayed until Summer 2017.http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/2016/10/paradise-highway-works-to-complete-ahead-of-schedule/
The map below shows the reopened roads around the site, reproduced from http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/2016/10/paradise-highway-works-to-complete-ahead-of-schedule/
The photos below show foundation works for the first block and the demolition work moving onto the Adrian Boult Hall and revealing the huge site but also the opening of new vistas and routes from Westside.