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Third steel tower planned for Birmingham’s Snow Hill

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150521snowhillDeveloper Ballymore Properties has applied for detailed planning consent for an £80M steel-framed office building in central Birmingham to complete its trio of steel Snowhill development towers.

Designed by Sidell Gibson Architects, the 17-storey Snowhill 3 replaces proposals for a 43-storey residential tower and adjacent 23-storey hotel, whose construction started but was halted in 2010.

The building would provide 33,500m² of B1 office space and 1,400m² of leisure and conference facilities.

Construction will reuse part of the aborted residential and hotel scheme, including three levels of basement car parking and the ground floor conference area. Structural cores for the earlier project had been built to fourth floor level but have now been demolished. The steel frame of the new building will punch through into new foundations, enabling existing structures to be reused.

“The development will provide high quality office space and will put the last piece of the Snowhill jigsaw in place, both architecturally and in terms of the business and employment community that is taking shape in this part of the city,” said Ron Sidell of Sidell Gibson.

“Reusing part of the scheme that was aborted owing to the effects of the global financial crisis will ensure a more sustainable approach, one which will also reduce the disruptive effects of the construction phase of the proposed project,” he added.

Subject to consent, the development will start on site later this year and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

Opened in 2103, steel for Snowhill 2 was erected by Caunton Engineering and the steel-framed Snowhill One was in completed in 2010.

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