First steps for Birmingham New Street redesign unveiled
Engineers have begun the redevelopment of Birmingham’s New Street in earnest, starting with preparatory works on the impressive stainless steel cladding facade.
The 16,000 metre facade will be the focal point of the train station’s redevelopment that has been specially designed to “reflect the movement of the city and the station”, say project directors on NewStreetStart.co.uk.
Its actual installation will take place in early 2012 as part of a phased development plan.
The Business Desk reveals that the existing concrete panels have to be removed before the supporting structural work can take place. After this, the metal cladding can then be attached to the supporting steelwork.
As a result of the work, Stephenson Street will remain partly close until next summer.
Instantly recognisable landmark for Birmingham
In a company statement, Chris Montgomery, project director for Network Rail explained: “The new facade will turn the redeveloped New Street station into an instantly recognisable landmark for Birmingham and the West Midlands when it is complete in 2015.
“In the meantime, we have a huge engineering challenge to safely install the steel onto the station building and we’ll be working closely with our partners to minimise any disruption to people and businesses in the city.”
Introduction of a stunning facade
While Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, adds: “With work beginning on the cladding, now we really are starting to move forward to a phase of the project which will be highly visible, and should instil a real sense of confidence and pride throughout the city at the transformational changes which are taking place.”
A giant, light-filled atrium
Eventually the project will deliver a concourse that is three-and-a-half times bigger than at present. This will be enclosed by a giant, light-filled atrium.
The whole station will also be more accessible, with brighter and clearer platforms. It is to be serviced by over 40 new escalators and over 15 new public lifts.
Meanwhile, with the introduction of the stunning facade, it is also hoped that the New Street Station will act as a stimulus for the regeneration of the surrounding areas outside of the station.