BAM chosen to build at Birmingham’s Paradise development

BAM has won the contract to build Two Chamberlain Square, the second building in the first phase of Birmingham’s Paradise development.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, piling for the foundations of the 183,000 sq ft building is currently being drilled and BAM will begin construction on the two-year project in September following the completion of two levels of basement.

Chris Taylor, head of private markets at Hermes Investment Management, said: “Our confidence in Birmingham is such that we are pushing ahead with the speculative development of Two Chamberlain Square. Paradise will transform the centre of Birmingham and we are excited to announce that BAM will be beginning construction next year ahead of a scheduled completion in 2019.”

Argent, the development manager for Paradise, has previously worked with BAM with the contractor building seven of the 11 buildings at Brindleyplace, as well as buildings at its King’s Cross regeneration scheme.

Rob Groves, regional director at Argent, said: “BAM has a fantastic track record, which we’ve experienced first-hand at Brindleyplace and King’s Cross. In this case we were really impressed with the team’s understanding of the unique constraints of the Paradise site which is vital to the successful delivery of Two Chamberlain Square.

“This building, alongside One Chamberlain Square, is set to be one of Birmingham’s most impressive and is further evidence that exciting things are happening in the city. We are looking forward to working with BAM to bring Two Chamberlain Square to life.”

Rod Stiles, regional director for BAM Construction in the Midlands, said: “The confidence to move ahead with prestigious new offices at Two Chamberlain Square is a truly positive sign for the region’s economy.

“BAM has a great deal of experience building striking developments in Birmingham, and we’re delighted our expertise working with Glenn Howells, BAM Design and Arup has afforded us an opportunity to help deliver this exciting development. Argent and BAM started our industry leading partnership in 1994 with the first new building at Brindleyplace in Birmingham and have now delivered over 30 iconic and award winning buildings together.”

The Paradise redevelopment is being brought forward through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP), a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council. The private sector funding is being managed by Hermes Investment Management which has partnered with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) on the first phase of the development.

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