New Station Designs Released by HS2

Concept images have been released by HS2 for both Curzon Street in Birmingham and Interchange located in Solihull.

Curzon Street will open in 2026 and will consist of seven platforms designed for high-speed rail but it will also offer a new public space within the centre of Birmingham. It will be integrated into an extended tram network as well as offer connections to the city by rail, bus and taxi.

The WSP design manager, Carol Stitchman believes that the design captures the fact that it is a place where you arrive and connect. The lead architect from Grimshaws, Neven Sidor has said that the design of the sleek, low arch will really give the station a personality while making it instantly recognisable within the surrounding area. The building will eventually fall in with other iconic buildings within the city. It has also been designed in a way that the West concourse will have the same feeling and atmosphere as that of an airport terminal with a platform and waiting areas both readily available within the arched space. On the East concourse, the design incorporates the historic Curzon Station building which is part of the rejuvenated New Canal Street scene.

The region will benefit form Interchange station as it will form a significant gateway as well as a section of a new public transport interchange that covers Solihull, the West Midland, Birmingham Airport and the NEC. The station will ultimately support and help deliver development within the area as well as growth around the station including homes, jobs and businesses.

The Interchange Station architect, Kim Quazi has explained that the design of the station roof ensured that it fitting in with the surrounding area and it enhances the natural daylight while incorporating a rainwater management system. There were also other objectives included in the design such as creating an experience for future users that is positive through the introduction of open space, parks and views to open spaces. The building was also designed to be green through low energy consumption and low maintenance.

Mark Thurston, HS2 CEO said that both of the new stations will completely transform the Midlands while offering opportunities for growth and regeneration while delivering many different economic benefits. Preparations for the stations has begun but in order to get things moving, enabling works have also had to be carried out including archaeological investigations and the construction of access roads.

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