Eastside City Park was proposed in the early 2000s as a focus for the Curzon Street area of Eastside’s regeneration. The City Council worked with Advantage West Midlands (the former Regional Development Agency) and secured funding through European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) to buy and clear the land and buildings to create the park.
When it opened in 2012 it became the first major, new city centre park in Birmingham for more than 130 years.
Work began on the park in August 2011
Total cost of £11.75million
The park adds 2.73 hectares (6.75 acres) of green space to the city centre, extending Park Street Gardens, taking in the former car park in front of Millennium Point, through to Cardigan Street.
Patel Taylor were the park’s designers – selected through a competition and public consultation.
Land acquisition for the park was partly funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Here is an extract from the press release that Birmingham City Council promoted when Eastside Park won awards in 2013. The full article is available on their website here:
Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet member development, jobs and skills, has hailed the success of Birmingham City Council’s flagship £11.7m Eastside City Park which, six months since its completion, is receiving widespread praise, having won a raft of local and national industry awards.
The 6.2-acre park, the city’s first urban park in 130 years, scooped up four awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Midlands and East Awards at a ceremony at Millennium Point last week.
Cllr Ali said: “Eastside City Park is at the heart of the regeneration of the area and I am very pleased to see the success of the city’s vision, as set out in the Big City Plan and Eastside Masterplan. It is a wonderful facility for Birmingham people, providing much more green space in the city centre. I look forward to the continued growth of Eastside as an integral part of the city centre for people to live and work in.”
The scheme, which was designed by Patel Taylor and was delivered by Wates Construction, was presented with the West Midlands Award, alongside the regional Client of the Year and Building of the Year Awards.
The development was also one of five projects to win a coveted RIBA National Award and is now shortlisted to compete against London’s Olympic Park for a prestigious RIBA Stirling Award.
The Design of the Park is also of interest and information about that will also follow here!