Birmingham is constantly reinventing itself, and the latest major redevelopment at Paradise Circus is the perfect illustration.
Here, Carillion is well into a £40m design and build enabling works contract for the city centre scheme that includes demolition of the old Central Library, excavation and pile installation.
Carillion community regeneration manager Neil Rudge is collared by passers-by to the site and does an impromptu video interview with a member of the public showing a keen interest – as did batches of school pupils that paid a visit on the day that Construction News was onsite.
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The A38 runs directly beneath the site and needs to be protected at all costs. “The first job we had to do [last year] was put in lots of tunnel monitoring to protect Birmingham City Council’s asset,” says Carillion senior commercial manager Gwyneth Shirley.
“We have to do the job progressively so we don’t overload the tunnel,” she says.
Soft strip of the existing buildings followed, including substantial asbestos removal, with demolition starting in January this year.
Following this will be the creation of a basement box for a future car park that will also form a podium for the intended mixed-use development’s buildings to be built off of at a future stage of the project.
The first of these will be One Chamberlain Square, which begins onsite next January, with PwC scheduled to move in once it completes in 2019.
Project: Paradise Circus redevelopment
Enabling works main contractor: Carillion
Employer’s agent: Argent
Demolition subcontractor: DSM Demolition
Piling subcontractor: Cementation Skanska
Enabling works value: £40m
Overall scheme value: £500m
Contract type: JCT design and build
Start date: 2015
Completion date (enabling scheme): 2018
Completion date (overall scheme): 2026