Centenary Square Redevelopment


Centenary Square

Centenary Square is located in the west of Birmingham City Centre and is one of the largest civic open spaces in Birmingham. The redevelopment is a flagship project within Birmingham City Council’s ‘Big City Plan’ and has been a catalyst for wider investment and urban regeneration for the city. The project has transformed this gateway into Birmingham from a place that people simply pass through, to a landmark destination with a unique identity that defines the city.

Key Project statistics

  • 59 trees including Silver Birch, Ginkgo, Cherry, and Acer Rubrums have been planted around the square to provide new green spots for visitors to relax
  • 43 x 25metre-high lighting columns to provide an architectural contrast to the trees, and deliver visually impressive illumination to the space
  • 11,500m granite imported from China, one of the largest natural stone projects in Europe
  • 1,700m2 reflection water feature
  • 800m3 water attenuation tanks
  • 460m3 plant room below ground to accommodate water pumps and electric controls
  • 1,100 m2 of soft landscaping
  • 24/7 pedestrian access through the square maintained
  • The scheme was completed accident free

The project has won and has been shortlisted for the following awards:

  • Architects Journal’s specification award for 2020 in Landscaping
  • Civic Trust Award 2019 (shortlisted)
  • RICS Social Impact Awards West Midlands 2020
  • West Midlands Property Awards 2020 – Project of the Year
  • Shortlisted – Project of the year – Constructing Excellence


The project to redevelop Centenary Square has been a total success. This could not have been achieved without the support of the Acivico’ s team.

Jim Wilson

Project Delivery Manager, Birmingham City Council