Grimshaw and Arup have released images of their design proposals for two brand new stations in the West Midlands being built to serve the UK’s high-speed railway link (HS2)
Curzon Street Station in central Birmingham is designed by transport specialists Grimshaw and engineering firm WSP, while Arup is behind the plans for the Interchange Station transport hub in Solihull.
The stations will form part of the first phase of HS2, which will connect central London with the West Midlands. The first services on the route are expected to be in operation by 2026.
Curzon Street station, in central Birmingham, is expected to open in 2026 and will feature seven high-speed platforms, new public space, and will be integrated with an extended tram network.
The architects said the west concourse will have the ‘ambiance of a modern airport terminal’ while the east concourse has been designed to include the historic Curzon Station building. Separate plans are under way for the renovation of the Grade I-listed structure, which will house a visitor centre and office space for HS2.
Neven Sidor, Grimshaw’s lead architect for Curzon Street station, said: ’HS2’s new Curzon Street station is inspired by the best station design of the past, inspired by Britain’s pioneering railway and industrial heritage reimagined for the 21st century.
’The elegant sleek low arch which will make the station instantly recognisable in the surrounding area and its warm, coffered soffit will join the growing list of modern Birmingham icons.’
Interchange station, at Arden Cross, will be a new major gateway for the region serving Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre.
Kim Quazi, Arup’s lead architect for Interchange station, said: ‘The station building has been designed to reflect its surroundings and in context with the natural landscape and topography.
’The station roof has been designed to fit in with the surrounding landscape, and to optimise natural daylight using an integrated, efficient structural form and rainwater management system.’
The images of both stations will be displayed at Birmingham Library for the first of a series of public engagement events during October.
Arup’s designs for Interchange station in Solihull