Client:Argent Group Plc.
Traffic Infrastructure: Arup
Architects: Porphyrios Associates, Allies and Morrison, Anthony Peake Associates, Sidell Gibson Partnership, Stanton Williams, Associates Architects, Levitt Bernstein, CZWG
BRINDLEYPLACEBrindleyplace is an award winning commercial development which has created a vibrant business community within the centre of Birmingham.
Townshend Landscape Architects were appointed as lead consultants to design the open spaces and streets for Brindleyplace as a result of winning a limited design competition.
At the heart of the development are three principal squares, each with its own distinctive character designed to reflect the mood and anticipated usage of each space as drawn from their surroundings. The squares form part of a series of city squares which link through to Brindleyplace from the centre of Birmingham.
The main Central Square was created as the primary address for the development and was constructed in advance of the buildings. The main body of the space is paved in radiating York Stone slips with limestone steps and ramp weaving through the space and fountain to accommodate level changes and to form a natural amphitheatre. The cafe at the heart of the square is designed by Piers Gough as a focal feature and destination. Central Square has become a popular meeting and recreation space which is able to accommodate open air performing arts events and regularly hosts the Brindleyplace local produce market. The adjacent Oozells Square is bounded by the Ikon Gallery, Six, Eight and Nine Brindleyplace in addition to a number of restaurants, all of which spill out into its cherry tree lined plaza. A central rill of water which is randomly disturbed by a pulse to create the illusion of water running uphill runs diagonally through the centre of Oozells Square.
The development was completed in 2010 and has established itself as a vibrant new quarter for Birmingham. The design incorporates major pieces of sculpture by Miles Davies and Paul de Monchaux as well as accommodating temporary exhibitions in conjunction with the Ikon Gallery.
Brindleyplace received the 'Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Quality and the Appearance of the Environment' from the Civic Trust in 2002.