The big Birmingham developments to look out for in 2018

Plans for the new Symphony Hall foyer


Town Hall Symphony Hall has appointed a design team for a proposed £12 million foyer development which will open the building onto a regenerated Centenary Square.

Widely considered one of the finest concert halls in the world and home to the CBSO, the venue also hosts the best in jazz, world music, folk, rock, pop and stand-up comedy.

Last year alone saw performances from Sir Van Morrison, Tony Bennett, Kraftwerk, Robert Plant CBE and Idina Menzel.

Page \ Park Architects have been appointed to work on the extension of the foyer at Symphony Hall.

The project is conditionally supported through the Local Growth Fund by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.



The new Primark Pavilions retail regeneration scheme on High Street us due for completion at the end of 2018.

Primark is remodelling the former Pavilions building to create a new four-storey centre.

Architects’ impressions show Primark’s plans for the 263,600 sq ft centre in High Street and a new view from Moor Street Station, which will face the giant new HS2 Curzon rail station.

The project will also involve a new pedestrian access route running between Moor Street and High Street and new façades fronting these two streets.

The scheme has been designed by Birmingham architecture practice 3D Reid.

Existing tenants such as H&M, Marks & Spencer, Three and Thorntons are expected to stay at Primark Pavilions once the redevelopment is complete while Primark’s New Street store will close.


Chamberlain Square and the Paradise development



Described as the most important city centre development in the UK outside of London, Paradise is a vast mixed-use development on the site of the former Central Library.

The site is 1.8 million square feet of high quality buildings offering offices, shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and a hotel.

Paradise will be one of the biggest development schemes Birmingham has seen for a generation and will dramatically transform this whole area of the city, connecting the retail core to a new-look Centenary Square, the Library of Birmingham and Brindleyplace beyond.

Construction of the first phase, One Chamberlain Square, is progressing and is a striking, curvaceous eight-storey building at the very heart of the development, fronting both Chamberlain Square and the proposed Northern Square.

PwC will be relocating its 1,400 strong Birmingham team to the building in early 2019.

Two Chamberlain Square is an eight storey, 183,000 sq ft building bringing a striking addition to the area.



Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects has won approval to build a skyscraper that will be the tallest residential building in Birmingham with over 480 rental apartments.

Called 2one2 Broad Street, the 42-storey tower – developed by Moda Living – will be on the site of the former nightclub Tramps on Broad Street, and will feature a rooftop running track, among other amenities.

Artists’ impressions show the tower with a slim profile rising above a three-storey base, which will include retail and leisure units.

On the opposite side of Broad Street is the Left Bank residential development where two 22 and 31-storeys tall buildings are under construction.



The 9.2 acre Arena Central site is at the heart of Birmingham’s civic quarter and is masterplanned to deliver 1.2 million sq ft of mixed-use development, set within a new landscaped public realm.

Fronting Centenary Square, Arena Central represents ‘a highly deliverable and highly desirable location for work, leisure and retail’ according to marketing material.

HSBC announced that it would forward-purchase 1 Centenary Square as the head office of its UK ring-fenced bank serving personal and business customers, under the HSBC UK brand.

Formerly 2 Arena Central and renamed 1 Centenary Square by HSBC, the building occupies a prominent position overlooking Centenary Square to the front and the new Arena Central public realm to the rear. The bank is expected to take occupancy in the autumn of 2018.


Proposed designs for Exchange Square. Courtesy Nikal UK.


Phase 2 of Exchange Square, in Birmingham city centre, is the final phase of the £350 million Masshouse project.

Developer Nikal is currently working on new proposals for a landmark apartment building which, if approved by planners, will be one of Birmingham’s tallest buildings and a high-profile landmark for those arriving at the Birmingham Curzon HS2 station, which will be directly opposite the site.

In addition to the residential, the scheme could benefit from external amenity space across outdoor terrace/garden areas and amenity and retail space on the lower ground and ground floor levels.

In addition, and subject to planning submission and approval, there is the potential for a 46th floor residents’ sky lounge with garden area.

Work on Phase 1 Exchange Square is currently underway with the first of the three buildings under construction.



The Beneficial Building, better known as the former home of Snobs nightclub, has been empty and clad in scaffold for some time.

New plans have been lodged to transform the Paradise Circus Queensway building into a boutique hotel.

The new hotel could have 130 bedrooms with retail and commercial units on the ground floor.

The Beneficial Building was once the home of popular nightclub Snobs until September 2014 when the owners moved the club to a new venue on Smallbrook Queensway.



The Axis Square site is currently home to The Axis, a 1970s building in the heart of the city centre, neighbouring the Mailbox.

Proposals for Axis Square include a total of four commercial office buildings, ranging from 5 to 23 storeys, approximately 950,000 sq ft office space, in design and materials that complement nearby structures.

In addition, there will be approximately 30,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space, including food and drink, and a vibrant new public square for workers and members of the public.

For all visitors, Axis Square will unlock a currently constrained site, connecting with key nearby locations such as Paradise Circus, Arena Central, Centenary Square and Grand Central/New Street Station.

The proposed New Monaco development on Bristol Street


A Manchester-based property group has submitted plans for a £275 million urban village scheme to the city council that would see more than 1,000 new homes on the vacant Monaco House site on Bristol Street, near the Southside district. Monaco House is in the process of demolition, revealing the scale of the site in a prominent ‘gateway’ into the city centre.

Meanwhile, Barratt Homes is proposing 778 new apartments and houses on a nearby plot further along Bristol Street on the former site of Matthew Boulton College and the old St Luke’s church and housing estate.

New Monaco is intended to completely transform the seven-acre site on Bristol Street into a new village community.