The first of the 43 lighting columns that will eventually illuminate the new look Centenary Square in Birmingham have been installed.

The 25m tall columns will be strategically placed throughout the square, and will provide both an architecturally stunning contrast to the natural look and feel of the trees that are currently being planted and visually impressive lighting. There will be more than 50 trees, including 17 Silver Birch, 12 Ginko, 12 Cherry and 12 Acer Rubrum, which will be complemented with some low-level planting. The planted areas will also contain uplighters, that will highlight transform the area on an evening.

But it will be during the night that the columns will shine a light on the transformation of the square, which will include a new 10mm reflection pool with water jets. This area can be drained for events to take place.

Last month, the Real Birmingham Family sculpture returned to the square opposite the entrance to the Library of Birmingham.

The project is due to be completed in July 2019. The re-development of Centenary Square is a Birmingham City Council project. Acivico is the delivery team acting as project manager on behalf of the council, while contractor, Bouygues UK, is undertaking the works.