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First look: Fly-through video of AZPA’s New Street

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A fly-through video has been unveiled showing previously unseen details of Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture’s £600 million Birmingham New Street redevelopment project

The video was released the Birmingham Gateway project – which aims to double passenger capacity at the city centre station – unveiled a test section of the building’s new 16,000m² stainless steel façade.

Formerly a Foreign Office Architects (FOA) project, the scheme is now being designed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture (AZPA) following Zaera-Polo’s departure from FOA.


Facade test section: Foreign Office Architects’ Birmingham New Street redevelopment project

Source: John James

Facade test section: Foreign Office Architects’ Birmingham New Street redevelopment project

Chris Montgomery, Network Rail project director said: ‘The new façade 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.’

Mike Whitby, Birmingham City Council leader said: ‘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.’

Birmingham New Street’s north face – which runs along Stephenson Street – will be clad first in early 2012. Proceeding anti-clockwise around the building, the next sections to be clad will be the west, south and then east sides. The project is scheduled to complete in 2015.

The Pallasades Shopping Centre will remain open as usual throughout the project.

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