Marking the physical start of the highly anticipated Paradise city centre development, major works on the adjacent roads in the new year have been announced by Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP), a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Hermes Real Estate.
The transformational £500m Paradise development is being delivered through the joint venture company with Argent as development manager. Starting from January 5th 2015, the first phase will see the commencement of demolition to clear the site for the new development, together with work on new road layouts to improve and open up connectivity across the city for both pedestrians and road users.
Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, at Birmingham City Council said: ”The Paradise development is a key part of the Council’s ‘Big City Plan’ and will bring major economic investment and positive changes to the city landscape. It will also support the ‘Birmingham Connected’ transport strategy aim of influencing the way people travel to and around the city. Paradise will greatly improve access and connectivity; and encourage people to use public transport, cycle or walk around the city centre. It will have a significant economic and transport impact.”
The extensive highways works, to be carried out by contractors Carillion, will involve changes to the Paradise Circus Queensway junctions with Broad Street, Parade/Sand Pits and Summer Row, leading to restrictions on private vehicles and a number of changes to bus routes and stops.
Significant disruption should be expected. It is recommended that public transport should be used whenever possible.
Work will start immediately after the festive break, with bus diversions for routes 82,83,87 and 89 in place from 5th January 2015 and road closures and lane restrictions enforced from 10th January 2015.