The largest landmark millennium project in England outside the capital, Millennium Point opened in Autumn 2001.

An iconic and impactful building, Millennium Point enables its visitors and clients explore ideas, science, education, and technology. 

The building has acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of a large brownfield site that has seen further development over the last 15 years – creating the Knowledge Quarter of the city around us.

Millennium Point is owned by the charity Millennium Point Trust and is managed by its operational division Millennium Point Property Limited. It acts as a landlord to a number of prestigious organisations, is one of the city’s best-known meeting places and carries out a number of activities which make a meaningful difference to local lives.

Millennium Point is a bustling hive of activity welcoming over one million visitors each year and is home to faculties of Birmingham City University, schools of Birmingham Metropolitan College and the Thinktank (the city’s science museum). Millennium Point’s work, focusing on S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) themes, allows visitors to explore the world around them.

Our history

The Millennium Point project was developed in partnership between public and private sector institutions – spearheaded by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University (formerly the University of Central England) and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Conceived in 1995 as the largest landmark millennium project in England outside of the capital, Millennium Point opened on 29 September 2001 and was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 2 July 2002.

Designed by architects Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, Millennium Point was built at a cost of £114m (including £50m of Millennium Commission lottery funding and £25.6m from the European Development Fund, £8.4m from the project partners and £7.4m from Advantage West Midlands). Further funding totalling £7.6m was provided by a number of corporate sponsors including Specialist Computing Holdings Ltd (Leading Founder Sponsor), HSBC Bank Plc and Jaguar Cars Ltd (Principal Founding Sponsors), Aquila, Severn Trent and Dunlop Tyres Ltd (Founding Sponsors). Additional financial support was provided by The Wellcome Trust, The Weston Family and The Assay Office.

Regenerating a 12-acre brownfield site in Birmingham’s city centre, Millennium Point’s mission signed off by the Millennium and Charity Commission in 1999 was to provide activities aimed at developing the technological base of the region. As well as being a major science and technological visitor attraction, Millennium Point has become a central facility for learning and a high-quality social space for residents and visitors – allowing for continued regeneration.

Millennium Point has been the home to some of the city’s leading institutions – Birmingham City University, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Thinktank and Marketing Birmingham have either been based in, or continue to operate from the building.

Millennium Point has seen many changes through the years and has evolved to meet the needs of its visitors and partners. As it entered its second decade, Millennium Point has become a leading funder for the new Science Park based at Thinktank, divested land to become the new site of the world-renowned Birmingham Conservatoire, repurposed the former IMAX cinema facility (converting the auditorium into a centre for learning). Looking towards the future, Millennium Point will be the visible gateway to the proposed HS2 Curzon Street Station.

Today, Millennium Point is 99% occupied and continues to demonstrate its relevance to the people of Birmingham and beyond.

It is a major focal point in the region for both informal and formal learning. A hub for events and charitable activities, Millennium Point Trust continues to support learning, business and creative activity within the region.

Proud Patrons

Millennium Point became a patron of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 2017 following a long history of working together. We have been patrons of their young professional's division, Future Faces, for a number of years prior and the Chamber itself has been a part of our story from day one.