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FOA reveals latest Birmingham New Street plans

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[First look + plans] Fresh images of Foreign Office Architects’ project to redevelop Birmingham New Street train station were unveiled at MIPIM this week

The proposal for a 23,200m² John Lewis department store is the latest addition to the practice’s £600 million project to overhaul the train station.

Currently out to public consultation, the £100 million retail outlet project will create a new southern entrance to the station and revamp the first-floor Pallasades shopping centre.

Foreign Office Architectsplans for the wider redevelopment of the station won planning permission one year ago.

Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby said: ‘This development is a real jewel in the new station’s innovative design and will bring real scale and activity to the new southern entrance. Showcasing this at an event such as MIPIM emphasises what a great place Birmingham is to invest in.’

Andrew Skidmore of Network Rail added: “Birmingham Gateway is vital to both the transport and economic future of Birmingham and will transform New Street into a world class station, stimulate regeneration and create new jobs.

‘The new John Lewis department store makes the economic case for Gateway even stronger and we want people to let us know their views on the plans.’

A planning application is expected to be submitted this spring with the potential for project completion in 2014.  

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