Snowhill - Site and Setting - Surroundings

Surroundings

There are a number of highrise buildings in the immediate vicinity including 1 Snow Hill Plaza, which is directly opposite the site. Other nearby highrise buildings include Colmore Plaza, on the site of the former Birmingham Post and Mail Building, and Colmore Gate. Shorter buildings include the three office blocks at the entrance to Snow Hill station, Lloyd House - the West Midlands Police headquarters, The Wesleyan building and 1 Colmore Square. Nearby are the Colmore Row and Environs Conservation Area and the Steelhouse conservation area. St. Chad's Cathedral is a Grade II* listed building designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.

The area has close transport links. Snow Hill station is one of the three major railway stations in the city centre and provides through rail services to London Marylebone while the "Jewellery Line" provides services from Worcester/Stourbridge to Leamington Spa/Stratford via Birmingham Moor Street railway station. Snow Hill station is also the terminus of Line 1 of the Midland Metro which connects to Wolverhampton. The planned extensions of this line will take the Midland Metro on through the city centre to Five Ways and on to Dudley. National Express West Midlands bus services operate along Snow Hill Queensway and Colmore Circus. A coach station was planned for an undeveloped site opposite the rear of Snow Hill station, however, the plans were shelved and the existing Digbeth Coach Station is to be redeveloped instead.

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