Snow Hill, Birmingham

A large vacant site in central Birmingham next to Snow Hill Station is being developed as a major mixed-use scheme. It is blessed by a tremendous location on the edge of the main business district with superb transport links, but has been blighted by the large motorway-style junction which defines the northern edge of the site, part of the ring road that has strangled the city for the past thirty years.

The key to our masterplan is the reconstruction of this interchange as an urban signalled junction, with Snow Hill downgraded from a dual carriageway to an urban boulevard, establishing an important link to the Jewellery Quarter. These changes re-create permeable urban blocks which are being developed with 500,000ft of offices, 300 residential units and a hotel and conference facility, and a lively mix of ground floor uses. We have also had to integrate and engineer a viaduct along the boundary of the site, for the new extension to the Midland Metro.