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Posted: Wednesday 28th September 2016

Hire specialist Sykes Pumps is helping to ensure that work goes to plan on the massive Paradise development in the centre of Birmingham, adjacent to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Arguably Birmingham's biggest redevelopment project in a generation, work is underway on the £500 million Paradise scheme, and Sykes Pumps is on site to ensure that rainwater is safely diverted away while demolition of existing buildings takes place.

The huge redevelopment of the city centre will see the old Central Library bulldozed and the Paradise Forum shopping centre replaced with new office blocks, a cycle hub, landscaping and a highway system. The Paradise Circus Queensway traffic system will be completely rerouted and public squares will be built. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2026.

"The Museum had to be kept dry from any groundwater while demolition took place. Sykes Pumps initially supplied one GP100M Super Wispaset pump which was then upgraded to a larger GP150M Super Wispaset unit to provide cover 24/7 on site. These pumps are automatic self-priming and are connected to 1000 ltr fuel cubes�," explains Mark Nicholls of Sykes Pumps

With drainage blocked during the demolition works, the pumps play a vital role in ensuring the ground is kept dry, not least because the Museum remains open throughout the works. "The museum has a large roof area, so you can imagine the volume of rainwater that needs to be diverted safely away to another part of the site," says Nicholls.

The Paradise redevelopment is being brought forward through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP), a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council. The private sector funding is being managed by Hermes Investment Management which has partnered with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) on the first phase of the development. Argent is the development manager.

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