Snow Hill Public Realm Programme Update
Snow Hill Public Realm Programme
Colmore BID has had a long-standing aspiration to make improvements to the area around Snow Hill Square, which is one of the main gateways into Colmore Business District, serving as the entrance and exit to the District for an estimated 40,000 people each day.
In February 2013, Colmore BID published the SHIP Study; an honest and innovative consideration of transport around the Snow Hill part of the District. As a result of the findings of the SHIP Study, Colmore Business District, Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands put in a bid to the Local Growth Fund for a project to make improvements to the area around the station.
Colmore BID has committed £1.4m of Levy Payers’ money as part of this bid. One of the key reasons for the success of the bid is this commitment; the desire of the private sector to invest and improve the area in which they operate was significant in the successful outcome of the bid.
Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands have also committed funds to the project, allowing us, as a consortium, to lever in an extra £5m of new money into the district. The project has a total budget of £10m, and has been split into two Tranches. Tranche 1 deals the public realm around Snow Hill. The original project included improvements to Snow Hill Square itself, which is privately owned, but this had to be left out because we couldn’t reach an agreement with the then-owners of 9 Colmore Row, who owned two thirds of the Square. The project still includes radical improvements to public realm and traffic arrangements on Colmore Row and the top of Livery Street, making the area much more attractive and easier for pedestrians to navigate. A new two way traffic flow will be introduced on Livery Street between Cornwall Street and the entrance to the station car park. The location of the Livery Street bus stops will swap with the taxi rank on Colmore Row, and affected bus routes will be re-routed.
Crucially for pedestrians, the right-turn from Livery Street onto Colmore Row will be removed, making the junction much more pedestrian friendly.
A consultation exercise took place between 6 October and 2 November 2016 to capture people’s views on the proposals.
Current project update:
Project 1.1 Colmore Row east: Works have been completed on the south side of Colmore Row to include loading bays, tree systems and the concrete slab by Tesco for paving. Works have now moved on to the north side of Colmore Row (the station side) as well as work beginning on moving the bus stops and taxi rank. It will be a matter of a few weeks before the right turn at the top of Livery Street is closed off.
Project 2.1 Cornwall Street: significant service relocation works have heralded the start of our project in Cornwall Street.