Stortford Interiors’ (UK) in-house joinery division, Parkrose has recently been awarded a General Joinery package by Sir Robert McAlpine at One Centenary Way, Birmingham. The scheme is the first building to be constructed in Phase Two of the Paradise development. Paradise, formerly named Paradise Circus, is the name given to an area of approximately 7 hectares in Birmingham city centre between Chamberlain and Centenary Squares. The area has been part of the civic centre of Birmingham since the 19th century when it contained buildings such as the Town Hall, Mason Science College, Birmingham and Midland Institute buildings and Central Library.
The welcome award follows on just a few weeks after Stortford Interiors captured the multi-million pound Drywall & Ceilings package on the same scheme and represents an opportunity for the Parkrose team to deliver its first major project for Sir Robert McAlpine in Birmingham. The General Joinery package scope captures doorsets, associated ironmongery and skirtings throughout the building, and a welfare room fit-out.
The 280,000 sq ft, thirteen-storey building will overlook the transformed Centenary Square which, with its unique, exposed steel frame, will provide a striking visual gateway to Paradise and a new landmark for the city. Designed by Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects, the innovative, structural-led design is a response to the complex site location above the A38 Queensway tunnels which will remain open throughout the construction process. The building will offer large office floorplates of up to 22,500 sq ft as well as retail space at ground floor level.