Public consultation on plan begins today

Images of the residential tower being planned for the Paradise redevelopment in the middle of Birmingham have been released by developer Argent.

In March, Building revealed the tower had been drawn up by local practice Glenn Howells Architects with proposals for the build-to-rent scheme set to go before city planners over the summer. It has been earmarked for a plot at the north of the site currently occupied by the 77 Paradise Circus Queensway office building and fronting Summer Row.

An online public consultation on the 49-storey tower (pictured), called Octagon, will begin today and run until 26 May. Work on the scheme is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

Octagon at Paradise, Birmingham-StreetView

Source: Glenn Howells Architects

Paradise had originally been conceived as a commercial and retail scheme but Rob Groves, regional director with Argent, said: “This proposed change to the Paradise masterplan will enable the development to become truly mixed-use.”

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward added: “Octagon will be a great addition to Birmingham’s skyline. The council is still facilitating the planning process by allowing developers to talk with officers online.”

The first two office blocks at the city centre site have been built by Bam with financial services giant PwC due to move 2,000 staff into One Chamberlain Square.

Bam took over the job, designed by Eric Parry Architects, from Carillion after its collapse more than two years ago.

Bam has all but finished Two Chamberlain Square, designed by Glenn Howells, with law firm DLA Piper due to move in later this year.

Other firms working in the city on residential tower schemes include Sisk with a 42-storey PRS job for Moda Living on Broad Street while Wates recently completed Regal Property’s Bank development off the same street, which consists of one 21-storey tower and a larger 33-storey tower.

Glenn Howells is also behind a third scheme at the Paradise site, One Centenary Way, which is being developed at the old Adrian Boult Hall conservatoire building and is the first element of phase two of Paradise. This 13-storey building is being built by Sir Robert McAlpine and is scheduled to finish in 2023.