The stations at Curzon Street in Birmingham and Interchange in Solihull have been designed to a focus on open space and landscaping. They will both be net zero carbon in operation and achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard. Both stations will adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies including capturing rainwater and sustainable power generation.
HS2 has been working with WSP and Grimshaw Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street and with Arup on the Interchange station in Solihull. Initial designs went on display in autumn 2018 with more than 1,750 people providing feedback which has now been incorporated into the new designs.
Curzon Street station
Curzon Street station in Birmingham city centre will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th century. Eventually, there will be nine trains per hour onto the high speed network in each direction from the station.
The new net zero carbon in operation station design will maximise the benefit of natural resources such as sunlight and water and have new public spaces surrounding it. The designs will also incorporate the existing historic Old Curzon Street building and link it to the new station’s eastern concourse at New Canal Street.
The designs also improve access to different modes of transport. The Midland Metro runs alongside and underneath the station while pedestrian routes lead to local bus services, Sprint rapid transit bus services and other train services. The design also provides space for more than 250 bicycles.
Interchange Station in Solihull will be a major new gateway for the region close to Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International station and the NEC.
Like the Curzon Street design, Interchange will be net zero carbon in operation, focusing on reducing energy use by maximising natural daylight and ventilation and using on-site solar panels. The station roof can capture and reuse rainwater and the new designs incorporate sunken rain gardens in the public plaza and an outdoor terrace to the station concourse.
Another key change is the creation of a dedicated pedestrian access into the station from the east of the railway, along with cycle access to the new station from the north, west and south-east through a mixture of dedicated routes.
The new station will be linked to the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport via an automated people mover carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction.
The information boards will be on display at New Street Station and Millennium Point showcasing the design of the new HS2 Curzon Street Station at the following times:
- 16 January to 23 January 2020: Information boards will be on display in the atrium at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, B4 7XG
- 27 January to 1 February 2020: Information boards will be on display on the concourse at New Street Station, Station Street, B2 4QA