Green light for major Birmingham development (UK)

One of the UK city of Birmingham's largest redevelopment projects is a step nearer to completion following the grant of planning consent on a further two phases. Phases II and III of developer Ballymore's 92,900 m2 Snowhill mixed-use scheme in central Birmingham have received planning permission from Birmingham City Council.

Phase II will comprise a 13-storey, 28,799 m2 building, Two Snowhill, which is due to start on site next year and will be the sister building to One Snowhill. Phase III, which will start on site this summer, will comprise a 43-storey tower with 332 luxury apartments, plus a 23-storey, 170-bed hotel. The tower will be the tallest residential building under construction in Birmingham. In recommending the buildings for approval, Birmingham's Director of Planning & Regeneration commented that the striking modern design would mark a key arrival point into the city. The newly consented phases follow the pre-letting of 11,148 m2 at One Snowhill to professional services firm KPMG in December 2006.

Ballymore is an Ireland-based international property development company focused on financing and constructing large-scale projects throughout Europe. CB Richard Ellis and Colliers CRE are joint agents on Snowhill's office element. Glenn Howells is designing both the hotel and residential tower. Sidell Gibson was master planner and designed the offices. GVA Grimley was planning consultant.

Source: Ballymore

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