A catalyst for change in Birmingham

  • Grade-A office space on a high-profile site in central Birmingham
  • A key part of the Arena Central regeneration masterplan
  • A major economic boost for the city

This is an exceedingly significant addition to Birmingham’s commercial landscape, supporting the city’s growing reputation as a leading centre for professional and financial services occupiers.

Jonathan Wallis
Development director, Arena Central Developments Ltd

Project Details

Location Birmingham, UK
Status On site
Sectors Office,
Area 19,500m²/210,000ft²
Client Arena Central Developments

With 1 Centenary Square, we’re constructing and tailoring 17,500m² of Grade A office space for HSBC UK. The building – set to become the UK head office of HSBC’s personal and business banking division – is the second in our Arena Central regeneration masterplan to receive planning consent. It faces one of Birmingham’s highest-profile public spaces and is poised to significantly boost the city’s economy.

Our design comprises three basement levels, plus a ground floor and ten upper floors. The form is broken down into three slender stepped blocks oriented to maximise views of the soon-to-be-refurbished Centenary Square. The facade complements the area’s architecture – which includes three handsome listed buildings and the iconic new Library of Birmingham – with a woven cladding pattern colour-matched to the Portland stone of nearby structures. This cladding subtly transforms as it wraps around the building: a calm, elegant facade is presented to Centenary Square, while a softer, rippling elevation faces Arena Central.

Once it’s completed in 2018, 1 Centenary Square will advance Birmingham’s economic prospects, as well as its green credentials – it’s the first building in the city to be constructed to LEED Gold accreditation.