The West Midlands Combined Authority is recruiting a design team for a £19 million mixed-use transport hub in Sutton Coldfield
The winner of the design contract will draw up plans for a new ‘gateway’ scheme connecting the West Midlands town to the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link which will connect London to Birmingham by 2026.
The project is part of a £48.6 million package of improvements intended to upgrade Sutton Coldfield’s connectivity to the new line, which will terminate at Curzon Street 10km south-west of the town centre. The scheme will deliver a new bus and local rail interchange with enhanced public realm connections to the surrounding town.
The brief says that the hub has ‘the possibility of creating new homes and jobs in Sutton Coldfield town centre.
‘It would provide an economic gateway to the HS2 station at Curzon through game-changing connectivity enhancements to and from Sutton Coldfield by bus, sprint and rail whilst also enhancing transport integration with the wider town centre.’
Sutton Coldfield is around 10km north-east of Birmingham city centre and has a population of around 95,000. It is expected to see a rapid increase in travel demand following the completion of HS2, which is expected to bring tens of thousands of additional jobs to the region.
The £56 billion rail line, set to start construction this year, will connect London to Birmingham by 2026 and reach Crewe by 2027. New stations at Manchester and Leeds are expected to be operating by 2033.
Once complete the project is expected to deliver an additional £14 billion to the UK economy and create more than 100,000 jobs. Around £1.3 billion is being invested in a ‘connectivity programme’ intended to boost the benefits of the new line in surrounding areas.
The Sutton Coldfield bus and rail interchange will be on the site of an existing underused car park north of the town’s station. The development will include residential, office and retail space along with public realm improvements to create a clear arrival point into the town centre.
The nearby lower parade area currently used by buses will, meanwhile, be converted into a new shared space for pedestrians and vehicles.
The winning team will review existing options for the new transport hub, complete a consultation, draw up conceptual plans for the interchange and complete an outline business case and costed preliminary designs.
The deadline for applications is midday, 30 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
West Midlands Combined Authority
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