Leader speaks at MIPIM welcome reception

By on 09/03/2011 in News

Speaking to an international audience of the world’s leading investors at MIPIM yesterday, Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, announced the proposed £500m redevelopment of the city’s Paradise Circus area is very much on track thanks to a Government ruling on the city’s controversial central library building.

Revealing for the first time in public the ‘Immunity from Listing’ certificate, granted for the 1960s built brutalist library by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year, Whitby outlined how plans to develop a major mixed use regeneration project on the Paradise Circus site can now push ahead.

Cllr Whitby also told a VIP audience at an event sponsored by the Birmingham Post, how the redevelopment of Paradise Circus will create up to 10,000 jobs and link the city’s prestigious Southside business and entertainment districts to the main city centre.

Key projects in the Southside area, which the Paradise scheme will make more accessible to the rest of the city will include the world renowned Symphony Hall, ICC, NIA, Library of Birmingham and Brindley Place, as well as the soon to be developed Arena Central.

Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council:

“Birmingham is gaining real momentum as it delivers some iconic schemes, but moving ahead as a city doesn't always involve building something new - this year we are announcing a demolition that will change the face of the city.

“The Certificate of Immunity has paved the way for a major redevelopment right at the heart of Birmingham city centre. Although just a piece of paper, it unlocks £500m worth of investment and could create over 10,000 jobs.

“I believe the Paradise Circus development - which will be a major project in partnership between Birmingham City Council and Argent - is one of the most significant city centre regeneration schemes taking place in Europe at the moment. It has the potential to be one of the landmark schemes in the transformation of Birmingham, which will no doubt elevate our standing and reputation on the global stage.”

The event took place at Birmingham's MIPIM stand, as part of the Birmingham Welcome Reception in partnership with the Birmingham Post.

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