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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.