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Design Competition for New Street Station concept

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has been appointed by the New Street Gateway Partnership to launch and manage the selection process to find a concept designer for the Birmingham New Street station redevelopment.

New Street Gateway will see the 1960s built station undergo a dramatic redevelopment, transforming the dark, crowded underground station into a bright, modern 21st Century transport hub for Birmingham and the West Midlands region. The project will double passenger capacity of the station, relieving congestion and be a catalyst for creating more than 5,000 jobs

The Concept Designer will be responsible for developing and maintaining a strong architectural language for the site’s external facades and atrium roof aspects of the project.

It was announced in July last year that the £550m redevelopment project would attract £128m of Government funding and in total the New Street Gateway Steering Committee has bid for £350 million in public money to fund the redevelopment, which, once secured, will unlock a further £200 million in private sector investment for the scheme.

Martin Chambers, Network Rail’s Project Director said: “This is an excellent opportunity to create a design that lives up to the station's status as one of the most important rail hubs in the country. Its design will need to act on both a functional and symbolic level and reflect the aspirations of modern day Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.”

With the volume of passengers expected to grow over the next twenty years, Birmingham New Street station in its current format will have insufficient capacity to meet the forecast passenger demand. The New Street Gateway project has been drawn up in response to address the challenges the current station faces.

From the initial Expressions of Interest, up to six designers will be invited to produce an architectural model and concept design sketches in response to the site context and attend an interview to outline their vision to the Jury Panel.

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