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.