The project is being carried out by Network Rail alongside Mace who is the principal contractor and delivery partner. The project is backed by Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, Centro and the Department for Transport.
The project will see the current 1960s-built station become a bright, modern 21st century focal point for the city and will deliver the world class transport hub that passengers, the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands deserve.
The project will provide: more space and better facilities for passengers to use the station in comfort; more accessible, brighter and clearer platforms serviced by over 30 new escalators and over 15 new public lifts; a grand concourse three and a half times bigger than the current station and enclosed by a giant light-filled atrium; the addition of a stunning new station facade, adding to Birmingham’s growing reputation for good design and better links to and through the station for pedestrians; new, comfortable, airport-style waiting lounges for passengers with eight new entrances being created.
The station will remain fully operational throughout construction, and Mace, working with Network Rail, is responsible for minimising disruption to rail passengers and shoppers and enabling operators to maintain uninterrupted train services. In addition to logistics management, the Mace team is coordinating more than 50 work packages involved in the development,
New Street Gateway will make New Street station an icon for Britain’s second city. It will transform the experience for passengers; improve links to and through the city centre and act as a catalyst for growth for the local area’s economy.
Andrew Skidmore, Programme Sponsor for Network Rail commented: “Once complete, the redevelopment of New Street station will transform the centre of Birmingham, providing a transport hub fit for the 21st Century and offering a wealth of further opportunities through our partnership with Birmingham City Council.”
Construction began in 2010, with the first platform being refurbished and the construction of the new concourse commencing in the old NCP car park. Work to clad the station in its reflective steel facade began in 2011 and Phase 1 of the project is due to complete in 2012, when the new station concourse will open for passengers and work switches to transform the existing station concourse. Phase 2 of the project is scheduled for completion in 2015, when the station fully opens.