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Connected city


Connected city

We have regional, national, European and global connections. To keep us ahead £1.3 billion will be invested in our networks by 2015.

Easy access to 400 million people across Europe

90% of UK consumers are within four hours travel time

High Speed 2 rail  – London in less than 45 minutes 

50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide

Multi-sector strengths


Multi-sector strengths

Our talented people use their skills and expertise across a range of key sectors.

60% of the UK’s automotive R&D from the region

More BPFS companies than Zurich, Manchester and Edinburgh

23,700 people in architecture and engineering

500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region

Space to breathe


Space to breathe

Birmingham was voted best UK city outside of London for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living 2012).

With more than 600 parks and open spaces and Sutton Park as one of the largest urban parks in Europe there is always space to breathe

Slow down. Explore more miles of canal than Venice

Secure future - 10 Local Nature Reserves and 156 designated nature conservation sites

World class city of culture


World class city of culture

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Birmingham was ranked among the New York Times’ top 20 international destinations to visit.

Explore cuisine from more than 27 countries and dine in more Michelin star restaurants than any other English city outside London

More than 500,000 works of art in one square mile

High quality workforce


High quality workforce

Our large talent pool is highly ranked now. It will stay that way.

4.3 million people of working age within an hour of the city

Over 300,000 students and 100,000 graduates within an hour’s drive of the city

A digital hub - for example 21% of the UK's games industry workforce is here

Nearly 1 million people speak a second language

Growth engine


Growth engine

Our £94 billion regional economy will grow 20% by 2020

Innovative economic zones generating £1.5bn and 50,000 new jobs

Home to 75,000 companies, 1,190 of which are international

Our population will grow to 1.17million by 2018 (ONS)

Birmingham New Street helps move nearly 25million passengers annually

Europe's youngest city, with under 25's nearly 40% of our population

Bold regeneration


Bold regeneration

We are investing £18 billion by 2026 in a bold 21st Century regeneration plan.

£1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015

£25 million is going in to the Digital Media Academy and £188 million on the new Library of Birmingham

£600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway

Largest living wall in Europe unveiled at Two Snowhill

A 220 metre long ‘living wall’ has been unveiled at Two Snowhill – Birmingham’s latest office development.

The wall, which stands seven metres high and includes 604 sq m of plants, is believed to be the largest of its kind in Europe.

It has been unveiled to coincide with the official launch of Two Snowhill, which takes place this week.

Work to create the giant wall started early last year with the construction of the steel frame along the Metro viaduct wall next to Snowhill Station. This was followed by the installation of the panels containing the thousands of plants.

The plants were pre-grown in purpose built panels in a nursery in Holland and delivered to site ready to be attached to the made-to-measure framework.

As well as plants, the living wall incorporates decorative perforated aluminium panels, which have been designed to capture and play with artificial and natural daylight. Programmable uplighters bring the wall to life at night and create constantly changes patterns and the illusion of depth and movement.

Carly Kingswell, landscape architect at Hyland Edgar Driver, which installed the living wall, said:

“Living walls have been growing in popularity over a number of years, although one the scale of Two Snowhill’s is rarely seen.

“The technology is relatively young, but this particular system is tried and tested, and once the plants achieve full coverage, the effect will be fantastic. Visitors to the building will see the wall grow and flourish over the summer.” 

Richard Probert, commercial sales and letting manager (UK) for Ballymore, which is developing Two Snowhill with Hines, said the addition of the living wall enhances the public realm and provides a striking feature for the development.

He said:

“Visitors to the Snowhill scheme and other users, particularly of the ground floor retail and leisure spaces, will be stunned by the living wall; it’s huge. The unique design and sheer size of it creates a fantastic feature for the development - enhancing the public realm, making it a pleasant and relaxing space for people to enjoy.”

The living wall at Two Snowhill – believed to be the largest of its kind in Europe.

The living wall at Two Snowhill – believed to be the largest of its kind in Europe

Two Snowhill is the biggest office development to be built in the UK – outside London – since the start of the credit crunch.

The 310,000 sq ft, 14-storey building comprises 303,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and 7,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space. 118,000 sq ft of office space remains available to let.

To mark the launch of Two Snowhill, Hines and Ballymore have commissioned a performance installation by Birmingham-based theatre company Stan’s Café.

The building will be open to the public for ten days, from Friday 12th – Sunday 21st April, when it will host a special 10th anniversary version of Stan’s Café’s award-winning ‘Of All The People In All The World’ exhibition.

The show is free to attend and will be held on the sixth floor of the building. 

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