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Consent For Largest Office Tower Outside London

Plans by Kenmore Property group and Hamiltons Architects for a new 118 metre tall, 29 storey office tower in Birmingham have been approved by the local council.

This week the city's planning committee sat to debate the merits of the scheme to determine if it approved of the latest tower in the emerging Snow Hill Gateway.

Following heated debate between those concerned of its relationship with the adjacent St Chad Cathedral and those who want to encourage the next phase of the cities latest transformation, members agreed to approve the tower full planning consent.

Called No 1 Snow Hill Plaza, it is a scheme that will contain 54,000 square metres of grade-A office space and an additional 4,000 square metres of retail space on the lower floors.

If built will be the largest and tallest city centre office block outside London. With the aim of attracting new multinational companies to the city, the development seeks to set a new benchmark in the quality of developments within the city, with double height office foyers and full height atria.

Clad in glass curtain walling, the plans by developer, the Kenmore Property Group, will replace an existing seventies office building, the 72 metre tall Snow Hill Plaza, better known locally as the Kennedy Tower. The narrow floor plates and poor internal specification of this building have made it increasingly useless for modern office requirements.

Discussions between Kenmore and the buildings current occupants are progressing well with an aim to find them alternative space to be able to facilitate demolition of the building later this year.

Over the road is the under construction Ballymore Snow Hill Gateway development that will combine with this scheme to create a new core of tall buildings in Birmingham, and contribute to a dense canyon effect along the road unseen outside of London.

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