Transforming Birmingham International Station

Designs showcasing the planned transformation of Birmingham International Station ahead of HS2’s arrival have been revealed.  Construction work is programmed to start after the 2022 Commonwealth Games and will completed by 2026 and ahead of HS2’s arrival in the region. The centrepiece of the UK Central Hub proposals, the repurposed 1970s Inter City station will better connect Birmingham Airport, the NEC, HS2 Interchange Station and Birmingham Business Park.   The new station was designed to GRIP 3 by WSP, providing multi-disciplinary design and engineering services, and architects WilkinsonEyre.

Newly released GIs outline how the current building will be redeveloped into a new, international gateway able to accommodate the 16 million passengers a year predicted to use the station within the next 20 years.  The redesigned station will bring existing rail together with high speed rail & people mover link, local trams, buses, rapid transit, private vehicles, taxis, and bicycles.

WilkinsonEyre and the WSP team secured GRIP 2 and GRIP 3 approval from Network Rail on UGC’s behalf, achieving sign off in May 2020.  The process involved engaging with key stakeholders Network Rail, the train operators, HS2, & Transport for West Midlands.  The project is being led by the Urban Growth Company (UGC), the organisation set up by Solihull Council to coordinate and lead infrastructure investment at the UK Central Hub in Solihull.

Procurement of a design and build contractor is underway with an appointment expected in February 2021.