The city council has begun consultation on a major new masterplan to redevelop the area surrounding Curzon Station in anticipation of HS2
The AJ can exclusively reveal plans to transform 141ha of land around Birmingham’s proposed new High Speed 2 (HS2) train station.
The scheme is being billed as one of the most ambitious urban regeneration projects in Britain and ‘the biggest redevelopment so far announced on the back of HS2’.
Drawn up by Birmingham City Councils’ planning and regeneration department and just sent out for public consultation, the masterplan revolves around a new Birmingham Curzon Station – currently being designed by Wilkinson Eyre.
Plans include 366,000m² of offices, 98,000m² of shops, 57,000m² of hotels, 79,000m² of community and leisure-related uses and 2,000 new homes.
Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham Council said: ‘We are not waiting around for HS2 to get built before we get started. We are announcing our plans today, and we will be ready to start building as soon as the new railway gets the green light.’
We are not waiting around for HS2 before we get started
He added: ‘Up and down the length of HS2 there is huge potential for major regeneration and development and we must press forward with this project without delay.’
As part of the plans the historic Grade I-listed entrance to the old Curzon Street station will be revived.
Birmingham Curzon Station will be the first new station to be built in Birmingham for more than 100 years and, when complete, will be the largest building in the city.
The £43 billion high-speed rail-link between Birmingham and London is the first stage of the wider HS2 plans which will eventually connect the capital with Manchester and Leeds.
Construction work is expected to begin in 2017, with the first passengers expected to arrive in Birmingham in 2026.