Plans for the £300m transformation of Birmingham International Station ahead of the arrival of HS2 have been unveiled
The designs will see the 1970s building redeveloped into a 15,200 sq m international gateway capable of handling the 16m passengers a year forecast to use the station within the next 20 years.
The project is being led by the Urban Growth Company, the body set up by Solihull Council to coordinate and lead infrastructure investment in the UK Central Hub. The hub comprises Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and Arden Cross, with the HS2 Interchange Station at its centre.
The new station was designed by WSP, providing multi-disciplinary design and engineering services, and architect WilkinsonEyre.
Construction work is expected to start after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and will be completed by 2026 ahead of HS2’s arrival.
Procurement of a design and build contractor is underway, with an appointment expected to be made in February 2021.