Major milestone for Two Snowhill

(L-R): Dave Tighe (project director at Balfour Beatty), Simon Jenner (director at Hines UK), Richard Probert (senior development manager for Ballymore), and Anthony Leonard (director at Hines UK)

A ‘topping out’ ceremony has been held 230ft above the Birmingham skyline to celebrate a major milestone in the construction of office development Two Snowhill.

The rooftop ceremony marked the building reaching its highest point, less than 12 months since work recommenced on site, and drew the project a step closer to its completion in January 2013.

More than 35 people attended the event, including representatives from Hines and Ballymore and contractors Balfour Beatty, to thank the workforce and fill in the final piece of concrete. A yew tree was also placed upon the structure to bring good luck to the building. Continue reading


First look into Two Snowhill

Occupiers are being given an exclusive glimpse of how the new Two Snowhill building will look like when it is finished next year.

Developers Hines and Ballymore have released the latest computer generated images of the development, ahead of its scheduled completion in January 2013.

Among them is an image of the impressive double height reception, finished in natural stone and glass, and 50-metre high atrium, a break out area on the sixth floor, overlooking the atrium, and the entrance on the Snowhill station side of the building, complete with a public piazza. Continue reading

Brum’s grade A office take-up fuels fears of supply crisis

The take-up rate of Grade A office stock in Birmingham city centre is set to hit 225,000 sq ft, according to predictions by Colliers International.

The firm’s latest Net Stock Absorption Survey shows the city centre has enjoyed its highest quarterly take up for nine months, with recent high profile lettings to The Ministry of Justice (38,000 sq ft at Axis, Holiday Street) and Deutsche Bank (27,600 sq ft at Baskerville House). Continue reading