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New look Birmingham New Street revealed

Birmingham's New Street station is on route to get a glamorous overhaul as Network Rail yesterday revealed its new designs.

The striking design shows a shimmering, reflective metal clad structure and is the work of the renowned Foreign Office Architects. It beat off its rivals to win an international competition and land the prestigious project.

Chairman of the New Street Gateway Funders’ Board Councillor Mike Whitby said: "The Birmingham Gateway, which will support over 52m passengers a year, demands a world class architectural vision to embody the rebirth of New Street station."

Foreign Office Architects principal architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo, said: "We were inspired by the movement of people and trains at New Street and the beauty of the skyline. Our concept reflects all these components."

The station will be covered in reflective sheets metal and will incorporate three high technology digital displays to make the entrances to New Street easy to find. It will also have a re-designed atrium area.

The £600M project, a joint scheme between Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Advantage West Midlands and Centro, will double passenger capacity.

Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher said: "Passengers have come to expect better, quicker and more reliable journeys, and stations fit for the 21st century. We listened to the people of Birmingham and made New Street a top priority – with this new design we can be sure of a top class station for the millions of people who use it every year.”

The concept designs will now be developed by an integrated team which will include Foreign Office Architects, WS Atkins (Lead Consultant) and Mace (Delivery Partner). The team will be led by Network Rail.

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