Par­adise work restarts af­ter Car­il­lion col­lapse BAM Con­struc­tion takes over on ma­jor devel­op­ment for PwC

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

WORK has fi­nally restarted on a stalled city cen­tre of­fice devel­op­ment which ground to a halt af­ter the col­lapse of Car­il­lion in Jan­uary.

BAM Con­struc­tion has been ap­pointed to com­plete One Cham­ber­lain Square on the £700 mil­lion Par­adise project af­ter the two-month hia­tus.

The eight-storey com­plex, on the site of the old Cen­tral Li­brary, will pro­vide a new home for fi­nan­cial ser­vices firm PwC which is due to re­lo­cate there from Corn­wall Street early next year. The build­ing topped out in De­cem­ber but work stopped on Jan­uary 15 when Wolver­hamp­ton-based con­struc­tion group Car­il­lion was placed into liq­ui­da­tion and had not restarted since.

BAM Con­struc­tion re­cently started work­ing on the sec­ond of­fice build­ing at Par­adise, Two Cham­ber­lain Square, and is also be­hind Three Snowhill in the city cen­tre.

The ma­jor­ity of sub­con­trac­tors who were work­ing on One Cham­ber­lain Square will now re­turn as BAM formally takes over the site.

Par­adise is a pub­lic/pri­vate joint ven­ture devel­op­ment with Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil, fund­ing man­aged by Her­mes In­vest­ment Man­age­ment and devel­op­ment man­ager Ar­gent.

Rob Groves, re­gional di­rec­tor of devel­op­ment man­ager Ar­gent, said: “Ever since Car­il­lion went into liq­ui­da­tion, we have been work­ing hard be­hind the scenes to en­sure dis­rup­tion to Par­adise was kept to a min­i­mum. Hav­ing BAM on board for the build­ing along with re­main­ing sub­con­trac­tors and the sup­ply chain means we are now able to move ahead with get­ting One Cham­ber­lain Square com­pleted as soon as we can.”

Rod Stiles, re­gional di­rec­tor for BAM Con­struc­tion in the Mid­lands, said: “Our work on Two Cham­ber­lain Square started last month and, hav­ing al­ready taken on many of Car­il­lion’s high-cal­i­bre ex­ist­ing team, we are now work­ing closely with the ex­ist­ing sup­ply chain to recom­mence con­struc­tion on One Cham­ber­lain Square as well.”

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil leader Coun Ian Ward said: “Par­adise Birm­ing­ham is cen­tral to our wider re­gen­er­a­tion vi­sion for the city.

“It is vi­tal to the lo­cal econ­omy, so to get a new main con­trac­tor on board in the shape of BAM to com­plete One Cham­ber­lain Square is an im­por­tant next step.”

The over­all Par­adise project will have eight new of­fice build­ings, a ho­tel, pub­lic realm and re­drawn traf­fic routes around the old Par­adise Cir­cus is­land.

> Work on One Cham­ber­lain Square, right, ground to a halt af­ter the col­lapse of Car­il­lion

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