Paradise, the £700m regeneration project in the heart of Birmingham, is being showcased at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), highlighting the city’s ongoing transformation.
The display, which opened to the public today (15/02), forms part of ‘Change in the Inner City’, a wider study looking at the post war redevelopment of central Birmingham.
As the latest scheme to transform the city, Paradise is being featured alongside other notable post-war developments including the civic redevelopment model designed by architect Samuel Nathaniel Cooke in 1941, and the Aston Expressway/Gravelly Hill junction model, as well as material illustrating how parts of the inner city have changed.
The Paradise display features some of the early architectural models of the Paradise Masterplan, as well as more recent drone footage of the demolition work that has been undertaken. The latest computer generated images of what the new office buildings will look like once complete are also on show.
Rob Groves, Regional Director at Argent, said: “Paradise is transforming the city centre at a time when Birmingham is going through one of its most significant regenerations in decades and we are really pleased that the Museum is displaying part of the design process we have gone through over the past several years. The development is already opening up new views of some of the best buildings in Birmingham including of course the Museum and Art Gallery.
“This is a fantastic time for the city and a great moment to examine where we are going and how we are getting there.”
With over 234,000 hours currently worked on site to date, the display tells the tale of the individuals who are changing the city by featuring the views and perspectives of those working directly on the transformative project.
Unlike many artefacts within the museum, visitors can view the display before stepping out of the museum to look at the development site in its own context, as the scheme is adjacent to the museum.
Jo-Ann Curtis, Curator of History at BMAG, said: “Given that Paradise sits right on our doorstep, and will transform the way in which we operate, we’ve been keen to engage with the project in a historical and cultural way for some time.
“This is one of the most important periods for the city, with so much development and change happening across Birmingham. It’s an exciting time and we are delighted to be playing a small role in placing Paradise in its proper context.”
The exhibition will run until the end of August and is free to view at BMAG.