Chamberlain Square or Chamberlain Place is a public square in central Birmingham, England, named after statesman and notable mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain. The square is currently closed to the public and under development as part of the Paradise scheme.
Its features include:
- Birmingham Central Library
- Paradise Forum (beneath the former reference library)
- Birmingham Council House (side elevation)
- Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
- Birmingham Town Hall
Statues and monuments
- Chamberlain Memorial - In honour of the public service Joseph Chamberlain gave to the city of Birmingham, the memorial fountain was unveiled on 10 October 1880 as the centrepiece of the new public square. The 20 metres (66 ft) high memorial was designed by John Henry Chamberlain.
and statues of:
- Joseph Priestley
- James Watt
- Thomas Attwood by Sioban Coppinger and Fiona Peever, 1993. The bronze statue sits, having left his plinth, and scattered his bronze pages, on the steps.
The statue of James Watt was originally located on Paradise Street next to the Town Hall. The Joseph Priestley statue was originally located in Victoria Square (then called Council House Square).
The sweeping curve of the steps of the library forms an amphitheatre, and so the square is used for public events.
The annual Birmingham Christmas Craft Fair is held in Chamberlain Square from the 3rd Friday in November to the 23rd of December. The event began as 'Winterval' in 1997/8 (20 November - 31 December ) – with the intention of driving business into Birmingham's newly rejuvenated town centre.
Paradise Circus Development
As part of the Paradise Circus development by Argent Group the square will be re-landscaped. In 2014 landscape architects, Grant Associates were awarded the contract to design the new public realm.
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- BIRMINGHAM CHAMBERLAIN PLACE AND BIG BRUM
- Birmingham City Council 'Winterval' brochure
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2007/09/25/birmingham_big_screen_moves_feature.shtml BBC Birmingham: Big Screen
- "Future for Paradise Circus becomes clear at MIPIM 2014". Birmingham Post. Birmingham. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
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