Paradise Birmingham Urban Regeneration Challenge

With the help and advice of industry experts, Year 9 students from two schools in Birmingham were asked to plan a brand new development for the city.

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40 students from Perry Beeches IV The Free School and Cockshut Hill School attended the launch of the challenge at the Paradise Development in Birmingham City Centre. This is one of the most significant city centre regeneration projects outside of London and the students got exclusive access to what is going on behind the hoardings. They were flown through a virtual tour of the development and students took part in workshops to help develop their concept.

A diverse range of business partners from Paradise Birmingham took part in the challenge including volunteers from Argent, Arup, Glenn Howells Architects, GVA, Faithful & Gould and Core Marketing to help the students evolve their plans with students having the opportunity to return to Paradise Birmingham to receive feedback on their progress.

The students had eight weeks in total to finalise their concept before pitching their idea to the business experts. The overall winners from Cockshut Hill School were able to apply key concepts and underpin advice from previous sessions and won an all expenses paid trip to London to see Argent's Kings Cross Development to broaden their learning from the competition.



  • 97% of students believed the challenge improved their confidence and self-belief
  • 97% of students believed it improved their problem-solving skills
  • 100% of school staff felt the challenge helped students understand the businesses and opportunities available at Paradise Birmingham


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