Broadway Malyan move Birmingham public realm regeneration to next phase

Snow Hill, proposed public-realm improvements

Broadway Malyan has earmarked six areas for £10m potential public-realm improvements as part of a £600m regeneration masterplan for Birmingham’s Snow Hill business district.

The aim will be to improve pedestrian and cyclist experience in these areas, within a public realm framework that will be able to host a variety of activities and attract investment.

The six areas that have been identified are: Colmore Row; the junction of Colmore Row and Newhall Street; Cornwall Street; the south end of Church Street towards Colmore Row; Barwick Street; and Steelhouse Square outside Colmore Plaza, at the top of Steelhouse Lane.

These will now go forward to detailed design development, with work on the first project expected to start at the end of the year. Interventions could include the introduction of new public spaces, pedestrian priority areas, green infrastructure, new street furniture and pocket parks.

Broadway Malyan director Danny Crump said: ‘Each of these areas have their own character and characteristics with different needs and opportunities to improve the public realm… We are looking at initiatives that will completely reimagine the Snow Hill area by “detuning” the highway character, moving away from vehicle dominance and putting pedestrians and cyclists first and at its heart.’

Broadway Malayan has also submitted plans to transform Gatton Moor golf club in Surrey into ‘a state of the art health and wellness retreat’. This will include replacing the original farmhouse with a medi-spa building and the addition of a new sports pavilion and improvements to the golf course. Materials used for the new buildings will complement the woodland setting and clay soil, with copper cladding echoing tree bark, and land between the spa and golf course will be remodelled.

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