There always has to be a first, and in 2001, Millennium Point became the first, most visible sign and focal point for the regeneration of a large brownfield site in the city centre.

Now, in its 15th year, I wanted to use this key milestone as a chance to reflect on what Millennium Point has achieved over the years and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

Conceived in 1995 as the largest landmark Millennium Project in England outside of the capital, Millennium Point opened on 29th September 2001 and was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd July 2002. Home to faculties of Birmingham City University, schools of Birmingham Metropolitan College and Birmingham’s award-winning science museum, Thinktank, Millennium Point is now one of the most successful Millennium Projects in the UK, welcoming over one million visitors each year.

Millennium Point’s objective has always been to become a centre for engagement and innovation and it’s fantastic to see that Millennium Point has achieved this. Its calendar of ground-breaking events and cultural activity, in addition to supporting life-changing projects such as the Young Innovator Prize, have positioned Millennium Point as an iconic and impactful organisation which enables its visitors to explore ideas, science, education, technology and the arts.

The success of Millennium Point has somewhat acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of Eastside, which I’m pleased to see is really starting to take shape. Over the years, Eastside has forged a reputation as Birmingham’s creative, innovative, young and vibrant quarter, and this is only set to grow.

Major developments such as HS2, the Christopher Wray Complex, iCentrum, the new Centro Eastside route and the Birmingham Conservatoire, in addition to the Birmingham Big Art Project, will all contribute to making Eastside a key player in the continued regeneration of Birmingham. In case you missed it, take a look at my blog post from our first Eastside Forum meeting for the latest updates on everything happening in this vibrant quarter.

A source of pride for Birmingham, the Millennium Point Trust has ensured it remains relevant to the public of Birmingham, creating opportunities and supporting activity taking place within the city. A contemporary facility for visitors, tenants and users, whilst becoming Birmingham’s meeting place, Millennium Point will continue to be a venue which showcases the best of the city to the region and the world.

Over the coming years, Millennium Point will continue to be a commercially viable company, as well as a profitable and financially sustainable building. For the last six years, we have made surpluses and have plans in place for increased growth. Having raised over £4 million for the public to benefit, we have been lucky enough to be able to support a number of worthy projects. Whether it’s assisting in creating the Spitfire Gallery and Science Garden within Thinktank, hosting Birmingham Made Me, championing the next generation through the Young Innovator Prize, showcasing young local talent through cultural activity, being a patron of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Future Faces or sponsoring the West Midlands Women of the Year Awards – Millennium Point will continue to support projects, initiatives and events which make a meaningful difference to local lives.

Millennium Point is a great place to experience the future and to mark our 15th anniversary, we have a series of events planned which will celebrate the future of, not only Millennium Point, but the wider city and community that surrounds us. We do hope you can join us!

Judith Armstrong, Millennium Point CEO.

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