HS2 granted permission to revamp Birmingham railway terminal

Thursday 20 July 2017

The HS2 train company has been granted permission to transform Birmingham Curzon Street Station into a new commercial space.

The 180-year-old Grade I-listed development will be turned into a cafe, exhibition spaces and offices. The restoration will be the first major investment in the project within the city and puts an end to speculation about the building’s future.

As a result of the transformation, the area will become a visitor centre and education hub. It will be shared by the Historic England, Birmingham City University and HS2, with Birmingham City Council gaining ownership of the building.

The university will utilise the first floor of the development as a creative business centre, while the second floor is set to be a new office for Historic England. HS2 will control the ground floor exhibition space, using it to display progress on the new high-speed rail line and answer questions about the development.

HS2 programme director Mike Lyons said: “The arrival of HS2 is driving growth and regeneration right across the Midlands and it’s fitting that we are playing a leading role in restoring the oldest railway terminus in the world whilst simultaneously revolutionising rail travel for future generations on the very same spot.”

Mr Lyons explained that, while redeveloping Curzon Street was never part of HS2’s remit, the project is committed to working with the future occupants.

The new rail network will create a host of new roles for builders across the country, but it is vital these professionals use freelancer and contractor accountants to ensure their tax payments are correct. 

If they do not abide by regulations, they could face significant fines, making it important to seek expert advice. Along with assisting with tax payments, these specialists can provide general financial advice, help people to properly forecast their earnings and set aside realistic budgets.

Veryan Heal, Historic England’s planning director, went on to say that the building was a key part of railway technology in the 1830s and will now be playing a role in the latest train technology. 

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy explained that the redevelopment of Curzon Street Station will connect the area’s decorated past with its future. 

The initial Curzon Street station was designed by Philip Hardwick, who was famous for proposing building plans for railway stations and warehouses. The Doric Arch at Euston Square is one of his other famous developments. 

By Victoria McDonnell

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