The Urban Growth Company (UGC) is looking to procure the design team to redevelop Birmingham International Railway Station by February next year.
UGC, the company behind the regeneration of the entire area around the new High Speed 2 (HS2) Interchange hub to the west of Birmingham, said the designers would take the scheme to grip 3 stage (single option selection) by the end of 2019.
It said its aspiration would then be to develop that option to grip 4 (developed to detailed design stage) by the end of 2020.
The newly redeveloped station is set to open in 2026 to tie in with the opening of the neighbouring HS2 Interchange station. However, UGC development director Phil Farrell said the programme of works would have to take into account a stoppage for “quite a while” in 2022 to avoid causing disruption to the city during its hosting of the Commonwealth Games.
Farrell described the station as being at the “heart” of the new hub saying the station would be how the majority of the workers and users of the leisure facilities would travel into the area.
“We’ve not only got the HS2 station, we’ve also got the International Station, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a little bit past its best and it’s also probably at capacity,” he said. “If we’re going to deliver 10,000 new jobs, the airport has got plans to expand and also serve all of the new homes, those people, as it stands, won’t be able to go through International Station so we have to rebuild it to cope with that.”
Plans for the station include transforming it into a multi-modal transport exchange bringing together existing rail, future high speed rail, air, trams, buses, rapid transit, private vehicles, taxis, bicycles and an automated people mover (APM).
The APM will connect HS2 to the NEC, the International Station and the airport and will take six minutes end to end with a three minute maximum wait time. It will have a capacity of around 3,900 people per hour in each direction, upgradable to 6,000 by “simply changing the carriages” in a future upgrade.
Funding for the appointment was secured through a £9.27M Devolution Deal from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). UGC chair Nick Brown said it was now putting together a funding plan for the remaining £286M needed to transform the station.