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HS2 to refurb unused grade I listed Curzon Street

High Speed 2 (HS2) client HS2 Ltd is to refurbish the Grade I listed original Curzon Street Station in Birmingham.

The building is currently unoccupied and is next to the derelict site which will become the new HS2 Curzon Street Station. But the building is outside the scope of Hybrid Bill and is not directly part of the HS2 station development.

It is owned by Birmingham City Council and has largely been used for storage in recent years.

According to a planning application made by HS2 Ltd to the city council, the refurbished building will house a visitor centre, exhibition space, a café and offices.

The building was built in 1838 by Philip Hardwick with a portico arch to mirror that of the arch which had been constructed at the other end of the line at Euston, London.

The listing designation describes the building as having a “portico of four really giant iconic columns to the dentilled entablature with attic behind, a carved achievement of arms and swags over the glazed tympanum above the great panelled doors and two ground floor single windows”.

Despite the building’s age, it is still in a reasonable state of repair, says the planning application.

It is expected that the building will require work to ensure it is ”weather proof, safe and fully operational with appropriate renewed utilities and equipment”. Some floor strengthening may also be required it said.

It is understood that Historic England’s conservation officers have already reviewed the proposal and raised no objections.

The area around the building will also be given a facelift with new hard standing for the car parking area and planting to soften edges.

It is expected the refurbishment works will be completed by end of 2017 or early 2018.

HS2 Ltd cannot comment due to the pre-General Election black out on government announcements.

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