Updated plans for the new HS2 Birmingham Interchange Station will be unveiled at the Mipim developer conference in Cannes next month, with “significant changes’” promised.
Urban Growth Company (UGC), the body leading on the development of infrastructure around the new station, has promised to deliver “something different and far bolder” than the original plans.
Last year, UGC called for the station to be redesigned from a parkway station to to allow it to integrate into the new area more efficiently.
“We’re going to unveil the new plans for the Parkway Station [HS2 Interchange Station] to something different to unlock the growth agenda,” UGC managing director Huw Rhys Lewis told New Civil Engineer. “This will be the legal funding agreement between us, the Combined Authority, Department for Transport (DfT) and HS2 to change the hybrid act scheme from a Parkway to a different scheme to progress onto a different scheme.
“We’re making significant changes, and those link in to the wider growth agenda, regeneration, business and development opportunities in the central hub area.”
Major plans for the redevelopment and upgrade of the “hub” area around the new station are currently being developed, with a new automated people mover (APM) linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport.
Plans for the redevelopment of Birmingham International Station will also be announced. The station currently serves the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Birmingham Airport and under the new plans will undergo a £280M transformation to regenerate it and incorporate the APM, connecting it to the HS2 station.
Lewis said the proposals would be expanded on at the New Civil Engineer Airports conference, where the integrated plans for a potential new terminal next to the HS2 station and the APM would also be discussed by Birmingham Airport head of planning transport & strategy Rob Eaton.
“This is making sure that we put the infrastructure in place between now and 2026 when HS2 is to open the interchange station” said Lewis. “We are working to support the growth of the airport within the growth agenda, the possibility of building another terminal next to the HS2 station and the people mover into a redeveloped International Station.”