Central Library granted 'Immunity from listing'

By on 23/11/2009 in News

Good news for Birmingham - reaction to today's announcement that Birmingham Central Library has been granted immunity from listing.

Margaret Hodge MP’s letter to Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham Central Library

Cllr Whitby commented: “We are delighted that Government has granted our application for 'immunity from listing' for the Central Library, giving us a major boost in our plans to regenerate the city.

“Now, our vision around a new world-class library and theatre will be enriching transformational change in the heart of the city.

“Today's decision helps pave the way for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Paradise Circus, which will allow people to enjoy a spectacular long-view from our Council House up to the new Library of Birmingham.

“We expect the completed scheme to create up to 13,000 jobs with a further 250 created by the first phase of construction. Therefore, with its capacity to create significant jobs and investment, and to link the Council House with the Library and Centenary Square with Victoria Square, the Paradise Circus plans must form one of the most exciting developments in the country.”

Gary Taylor, Joint Managing Director of Argent (UK Developments), added: “The Paradise Circus site is of strategic importance to Birmingham and holds enormous potential for the City.

“The decision to grant immunity from Listing creates a 'once in a generation' opportunity for us to work with the City Council to re-model the area. We want to open the area up to create new streets and squares and create a first class setting for the remarkable collection of historic listed buildings that sit adjacent to Paradise Circus.

“We will now aim to hold a Public Information Event in the New Year to get views from members of the public with the intention of progressing with the planning process for comprehensive re-development of the area.”

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  1. Ian Vesey says:

    I am from Stockport, nr Manchester (!!). I came here in 1984 and have never moved away. I was impressed from the start by the friendlyness of the people & the Council’s ambition. When i arrived the Library was open and to the elements, cold and dangerous. Broad Street was mainly boarded up. Look at the amazing trasnformation of the area. The final piece in the jigsaw will be the removal of the completely out of place library complex.
    I hope that the council approve something with more long lasting and fitting appeal to an immensely important City.