Kier Property, the development division of Kier Group has celebrated at Arena Central with a Topping-Out Ceremony for Building 3AC.
Building 3AC is being built by Galliford Try, which will be primarily occupied by HM Revenue and Customs, including the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). HMRC and DWP will occupy the building when complete in early 2020.
Kier Property purchased Arena Central from Miller Developments in February 2019. The acquisition provides Kier Property with the rights to develop three further phases of the site’s existing master plan, in addition to the current construction works.
Tom Gilman, managing director North for Kier Property commented: “The site is within the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone and therefore benefits from simplified planning. This scheme significantly enhances our activities in the West Midlands and is part of a major redevelopment of 10 buildings consisting of offices, residential, hotels and a university research & business hub through to Q4 2026.
Ann Roberts, HMRC, Regional Implementation Lead for West Midlands added: “I’m pleased to be celebrating, with colleagues from the DWP and VOA, this significant milestone. We can really start to look ahead to the modern, flexible and collaborative working environments we will be working from.
“Once complete there will be a range of staff from across the West Midlands based in this state-of-the-art building delivering vital services for the public. We are excited to reach the next milestone, when HMRC assume responsibility for the building and the internal fit out starts, bringing us a step closer to achieving our transformation.”
Simon Burton, managing director of Galliford Try West Midlands, commented: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this milestone with all of the stakeholders involved in Arena Central. This development is a key part of our growing portfolio of work within Birmingham and we look forward to continuing to build on our excellent working relationship with Kier Property to deliver this fantastic new facility for HMRC.”
The site sits within close proximity to the International Convention Centre (ICC), the Library of Birmingham and Arena Birmingham (formerly the National Indoor Arena – NIA). It is within walking distance of New Street station and Snow Hill station, along with the prime office core of Colmore Row and the retail areas; the Bullring, the Mailbox and Brindley Place.