Paradise Circus Progress at 4 April 2014

Moving Forward from the Outline Design

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Artist's Impression. By kind permission of Paradise Circus Limited Partnership

The detail design of the development is moving forward at a pace with some unusual and interesting techniques deployed. Work on the site will start in the autumn.

Image: Artist’s Impression of a future Chamberlain Square.
By kind permission of Paradise Circus Limited Partnership.

How do you create a design which satisfies certain practical considerations but is inspiring to see and use and will retain theses essential qualities for decades to come?

Well, the way adopted by Argent, who are managing the design of the development, aided  by Architects’ Journal, was to hold a design Charrette. This is a french word for cart and derives from the practice in the 19th century, at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, of student architects working furiously on designs up to a deadline and a cart was sent round to collect their final drawings; students would jump onto the charrette to add finishing touches.

Three New Squares

Late in 2013 a modern-day charrette was held to produce visions for three new squares. Six teams of architects, landscape architects and artists visited the site, and the city centre and then in a frenzied day produced ideas for the look and feel of the squares. An evaluation of ideas followed which fed into a brief for prospective architects for their production of final plans.

Four architectural practices, Gillespies, Grant Associates, Gustafson Porter and GROSS.MAX then produced designs inspired by the charrette output.

ciates Chamberlain Square

By kind permission of Paradise Circus Limited Partnership

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In February the contract for the final design was awarded to Grant Associates. This is for the design of all the public spaces throughout the Paradise Circus site. The artist’s impression (left) of Chamberlain Square is by Grant Associates.

Phase 1 Buildings

Also, announced in March, was news of an upcoming Architects Competition for the design of one of the buildings on phase 1 of the construction.

The competition will involve four architectural practices submitting designs for the first building on plot D. The development’s master-planners, Glenn Howells Architects, has already been appointed for the design of the building in plot E. These buildings are pivotal in that they overlook Chamberlain Square.

The shortlisted firms are: Associated Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), Eric Parry and Piercy & Co.

Construction

Four years after the first public consultation, work on the site is due to start very soon.

Contractors are currently being procured for the enabling works on the site, due to start in the Autumn and for the infrastructure construction scheduled for an early 2015 start.

Enabling involves such operations as:

  • Redirection of pedestrian routes
  • Demolition of existing buildings
  • Site clearance.
  • Disconnection and Diversion of existing site services.
  • Geotechnical investigations to determine the properties of the ground
  • Decontamination.
  • Creation of access routes.
  • Perimeter fencing and signage
  •  Site security

Below is a computer generated flythrough, reproduced here by courtesy of Paradise Circus Limited Partnership, which illustrates how this extremely important development will fit  into Birmingham city centre and how the construction will progress.

Background

For background information refer to the article:

Report on the Free Public Meeting – Update on City Centre Infrastructure Projects

published on 9 February this year on this website.

The above is just an overview, for more information visit the development’s own website at www.paradisecircus.co.uk .

Article by: Geoff Caine

 

2 thoughts on “Paradise Circus Progress at 4 April 2014

  1. C. Matthews

    I echo the previous comments. It all looks very mediocre & mundane. We should be looking for inspirational & iconic architectural concepts for such an important site.

  2. David Roberts

    I do hope that we see some interesting and exciting architecture when the final detail designs evolve from the competition winners. So far the master plan looks like a very vertical concept just like all the housing buildings on the Olympic Park .Could someone be regurgitating previous work??
    Please Argent do insist that interesting buildings are generated not copies of the original master plan concepts .This is the second chance to get Paradise right once Madins “carbuncle” goes,let,s have some excitement that Brindley Place did so well .

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