Simultaneously, HS2 Ltd is working with the Urban Growth Company to design additional elements which will support Solihull’s growth agenda in the shape of a new, sustainable urban quarter with the HS2 Interchange Station at its heart. The design of these additional elements is being funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Philip Farrell, Interim Managing Director at the Urban Growth Company in Solihull, said:

“We’ve been working closely with HS2 Ltd on this for more than a year so we’re pleased that these initial designs support our future plan to use HS2’s arrival to create a new, sustainable, urban quarter at the site known as Arden Cross.

“There are extra elements being simultaneously designed - funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority and led by the UGC - which will provide additional public transport connectivity and make better use of land for development. We’re progressing those plans by bringing together the right partners and putting together compelling business cases to secure the funding needed.

“The additional elements around the HS2 Interchange Station site are just one piece of the larger picture at The Hub with other projects, such as the redevelopment of Birmingham International Station by 2025, being just as important.

“Our job is to make the most of this opportunity and this is the first step towards creating Europe’s best-connected destination for business, leisure and living.”