This is how Birmingham's skyline will change in 2018

This is how Birmingham’s skyline will change in 2018

Birmingham is ever changing and 2018 is expected to be a key year for property developments and regeneration projects across the city.

While some development projects are still just visions on an architect’s table – see our recent 2017 round up here – others are well on their way to completion.

They will change the face of Birmingham forever – so here are some of the projects which will be finished or close to completion by the end 2018.

Three Snowhill

The 17-storey office block will complete the so-called ‘Snowhill estate’ which is a fancy moniker for the vacant land behind the station of the same name.

Work is progressing well on the scheme and it should be ‘topped out’ this summer and completed next spring.

The overall estate project dates back over a decade, with One Snowhill home to Barclays and financial services firm KPMG and Two Snowhill the base for law firm Gowling WLG and the Government’s HS2 team.



Construction work progressing on Three Snowhill

1 Centenary Square

The building, previously known as 2 Arena Central, sits opposite the Library of Birmingham in Broad Street and should start welcoming HSBC UK staff in the coming months.

It will be home to up to 4,000 workers at the bank’s new retail and business arm which has been separated from the investment division following new regulations introduced by the Government.

The ten-storey building is the first of five office and residential developments planned for the 9.2-acre Arena Central site while a Holiday Inn Express hotel opened last year.



CGI of how Arena Central could look when completed
CGI of how Arena Central could look when completed

One Chamberlain Square

Like Arena Central, the £700 million Paradise project is office led in the hope of attracting to some big name corporate occupiers.

The first building, One Chamberlain Square, is taking shape well now and should be completed in summer 2019 although it has been hit by delays recently following the collapse of its main contractor Carillion.

All the office accommodation in this building has been taken by Big Four accountancy firm PwC which will relocate from nearby Cornwall Street.

The second building to be developed, called Two Chamberlain Square, should have also taken shape by the end of this year with a planned completion of autumn 2019.



One Chamberlain Square at the Paradise project
One Chamberlain Square at the Paradise project

Adrian Boult Hall/Fletchers Walk

Rather than a building springing up, this is something which the city’s skyline will finally bid farewell to in 2018.

Demolition started late last year on the much-maligned former conservatoire building, officially Adrian Boult Hall, and its rather depressing neighbour Fletchers Walk.

They will be long gone by the end of the year and work on their replacement, the 13-storey office block One Centenary Way, should have started, subject to planning permission.



The city will bid farewell to Adrian Boult Hall this year
The city will bid farewell to Adrian Boult Hall this year

Centenary Square

Another project which has stoked a lot of debate is the £10 million revamp of Centenary Square, in front of the Library of Birmingham.

For many commentators on our social media channels, the square is a pleasant enough place as it is and the money should be spent elsewhere in the city while others describe it uninspiring and place that gives you no reason to stop.

Whichever side of the fence you fall on, the square is now boarded up and changing fast.

It should be finished, with light beams and water features in situ, by the end of the year.



CGI of how Centenary Square should look by the end of 2018
CGI of how Centenary Square should look by the end of 2018

Phase one of The Bank

This residential project, on the corner of Broad Street and Sheepcote Street, is being developed in two phases, with the first due to start welcoming tenants this summer.

There will be 189 studios and flats and ground floor retail/leisure units in the 22-storey building.

Work started last year on the second phase which will be 31-storeys tall and contain 205 apartments along with commercial units on the ground floor. This is due for completion in autumn 2019.



CGI of both phases of The Bank apartment complex
CGI of both phases of The Bank apartment complex

Midland Metro extension

Work has been going on for months on the next phase of the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham city centre.

This next section will run from outside New Street station, past the Town Hall and along Broad Street before terminating in Hagley Road close to Five Ways island.

This area is changing rapidly with road closures, cones and hoardings spring up right along the route.



How the Midland Metro tram stop will look in Hagley Road
How the Midland Metro tram stop will look in Hagley Road

Tunisia attacks memorial

And last but by no means least, this project is slightly out of town but is of local and national importance.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced in March 2017 that it wanted to erect a permanent memorial to the victims of the two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015.

Several victims hailed from the Midlands including former Birmingham City footballer Dennis Thwaites and his wife Elaine.

Due for completion this year, the memorial will neighbour the popular boating lake in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston.

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