Delivering major public realm projects
|Tuesday 18th September 2012|
|5:30pm Registration and refreshments|
Hotel la Tour, 85 Albert Street, Birmingham, B5 5JT
|Jim Wilson, Client Project Manager, Birmingham Planning and Regeneration Department|
|Up to 2 hours (find out more about CPD)|
Employees of APM Corporate Members:
Eastside Park, in Birmingham's city centre, is 6 acres of mixed use public realm currently under construction.
This seminar will present an overview of its early challenges, current delivery model and its impact on Birmingham's largest city centre regeneration area. This unique £13m development, which surrounds England's first outdoor science garden, will be a defining area of Eastside located adjacent to the proposed Birmingham HS2 station.
Eastside City Park was proposed in the early 2000s as a focus for the Curzon Street area of Eastside's regeneration. Working with Advantage West Midlands (the former Regional Development Agency) we secured funding through European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) to buy and clear the land and buildings to create the park.This will form the heart of Eastside, encouraging more people to live and work in the area. It will contribute significantly to enhancing the image of the city locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and include water features, a range of planting, grassed and hard landscaped areas suitable for many activities and events.
The park will greatly increase the amount of green space within the City Centre, providing a visitor attraction alongside the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. It will also include a Science Garden funded by and in association with the museum.
Jim Wilson is the client project manager for this unique city centre development and has been involved with the project since 2008. Jim will explain the difficulties that the Eastside Park project encountered in progressing from the development phase into the procurement of the delivery phase and how the issues were resolved. There will be an opportunity to visit the site during the evening and review the various design elements under construction.
Jim Wilson started his career in the private sector working in the drawing and planning offices at R.M Douglas Construction Ltd in the 1970s. He moved to Birmingham City Council in the 1980s progressing to District Housing Manager before securing a new opportunity in the planning and regeneration's major projects team.
This event is suitable for all levels of project management.