The Millennium Point project was originally developed in partnership between a number of public and private sector institutions – spearheaded by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University (formerly the University of Central England) and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Devised 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 Welcome Trust, The Weston Family and The Assay Office.
Regenerating the 12-acre brownfield site in Birmingham’s city centre, our mission which was agreed by the Millennium and Charity Commission in 1999, was to provide activities aimed at developing the technological base of the region and support STEM projects and initiatives. As well as being a major science and technological visitor attraction, over the years we have become a central facility for learning as well as a meeting and social space for residents and visitors alike.
We’re 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, and although we’ve seen many changes through the years we have evolved to meet the needs of our visitors and partners whilst keeping our charitable objectives at the forefront of everything we do. We are the leading funder for the Science Park based at Thinktank, as well as investing in a number of off-site projects. Our site is home to the world-renowned Birmingham Conservatoire and we have successfully repurposed the former IMAX cinema facility, converting the auditorium into a unique 350-seater event space in Birmingham which can be hired out for screenings, AGMs, conferences and events. . Looking to the future, Millennium Point will become the visible gateway to Birmingham as the new HS2 Curzon Street Station is developed.
Today, Millennium Point is 99% occupied and continues to demonstrate its relevance to the people of Birmingham and beyond as a public space and through our work as an event organiser, landlord and most importantly the Millennium Point Charitable Trust.