Friday, 14 May 2010
On Wednesday, 12 May 2010, at the British Council for Offices Regional Awards evening for the Midlands and East Anglia, Sidell Gibson Architects' One Snow Hill received a Special Mention from the awards judges, nominating it to go forward from the Midlands and East Anglia region to compete for a National Innovation Award.
Sidell Gibson have masterplanned a significant city centre site at Snowhill Station in Birmingham to provide approximately 52,000m² net area of high quality offices, up to 5,000m² of retail and leisure space, 330 residential units and a 170-bed hotel with associated conference facilities.
The site presents a complex 3-dimensional planning problem, involving the realignment of the surrounding roads and junctions giving significant increases in area, connection to the station concourse and new transport interchange, and the incorporation of a new tram line on its own viaduct. The development will form a strategic link between the business centre of Birmingham and the historic Gun and Jewellery quarters. To this end, the design will group the new buildings around a series of landscaped public spaces encouraging pedestrian movement between the areas.
We have also completed the detailed design of the two office buildings on the site, incorporating retail use at ground level. Detailed planning consent was obtained for these buildings in June 2006 and May 2007. One Snow Hill is now complete and in use with interior fit-out for Barclays by Sidell Gibson Interiors.