Introducing Millennium Point, (Eastside), Birmingham

Millennium Point is a mixed used public venue. Home to Thinktank, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Metropolitan College. There used to be an IMAX cinema here. Opened in 2001.

With the help of our community, we will take a look at Millennium Point, which is located in Eastside, Birmingham. It opened in September 2001 near Curzon Street. There used to be a car park out front, until Eastside City Park was built here from 2011 to 2012 (including the Thinktank Science Garden to the left).

Millennium Point was built by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners from 1997 to 2001. The architects was Mason Richards. The venue was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on the 2nd July 2002 (during her Golden Jubilee year).

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is located in the left hand side of the building. Access from the escalators to Level 2. Birmingham City University (previously the University of Central England) and Birmingham Metropolitan College are also based here.

There was an IMAX cinema located at Millennium Point. It later became Giant Screen Cinema, but it closed down in late 2014 or early 2015. It is now something called Platform (used for conferences).



At the time, you could walk all the way down Albert Street and onto Curzon Street to get to Millennium Point. There was a car park at the front of the building. This would close in 2011, before Eastside City Park was landscaped.


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Millennium Point taken from Albert Street during April 2009. Photography by Elliott Brown


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In August 2009, you could still see the boarded up Rosa's Cafe on Albert Street to the left of Millennium Point. Photography by Elliott Brown



The remaining old buildings to the left on Albert Street were demolished. A year ahead of the building of Eastside City Park.


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The snow of early January 2010 from Albert Street, heading towards Millennium Point. Photography by Elliott Brown



Albert Street and the car park in front of Millennium Point was closed. The area fenced off to allow the building of Eastside City Park, as well as the first phase of the Eastside Campus of Birmingham City University, which would become the Parkside Building.


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From Curzon Street during September 2011. The car park in front of Millennium Point closed for the building of Eastside City Park. To the right, the land fenced off for the building of the Parkside Building of Birmingham City University. Photography by Elliott Brown



Eastside City Park opened in late 2012. And there was new views of Millennium Point with the park, along with the Thinktank Science Garden. Construction was on going of the Parkside Building for BCU.


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Millennium Point in December 2012, when Eastside City Park opened. Photography by Elliott Brown



By this point both the Parkside Building and the Curzon Building for BCU were both complete and open. Plenty of nice vantage points of Millennium Point from Eastside City Park.


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Millennium Point from Eastside City Park on a sunny day during December 2016. Photography by Elliott Brown



With HS2 under way, Park Street and New Canal Street were closed to vehicles and pedestrians. So one way was to walk the long way around via Great Barr Street in Digbeth, then Lawley Middleway, then back onto Curzon Street. Just to get to Eastside. Alternatively, you could walk on the towpath of the Digbeth Branch Canal from Fazeley Street to Curzon Street. Many new buildings gone up, including the first phase of Exchange Square and 103 Colmore Row. During the lockdowns and tier restrictions, Millennium Point had been closed.


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A view of Millennium Point from October 2020, taken from Curzon Street. HS2 had closed off many roads, so Elliott took a diversion to Eastisde. Photography by Elliott Brown



Millennium Point as of January 2021, during the 3rd National Lockdown in England, has been opened as a Covid Vaccination Centre.

Project dates

12 Jan 2021 - On-going


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