BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND-Local officials recently unveiled a master plan for redevelopment of the city center that will be built around a station for the new 250 mile-per-hour H2S train line.
The plans for a glass train station were designed by award winning architects Wilkinson Eyre.
The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Master Plan outlines a 348-acre (141 hectare) transformation of the West Midlands city. That plan calls for a mix of office, hotel, retail and residential development.
The ambitious plans form one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Britain, and by far the biggest redevelopment to date that will coincide with the implementation of HS2.
The new developments will be focused around the brand new City Centre station – Birmingham Curzon – where HS2 terminates on its 49 minute run from London. The station will place the City at the heart of the new national high speed network.
City leaders in Birmingham say HS2 has the potential to be a catalyst for urban regeneration and called on political leaders to push ahead with the rail project and help unlock growth across the country.
“Today we set out our vision for how Birmingham can use HS2 as a catalyst to transform a huge part of our city, bringing with it jobs and prosperity for people in the West Midlands,” said Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham Council.
“We’re not waiting around for HS2 to get built before we get started. We’re announcing our plans today, and we’re ready to start building as soon as the new railway gets the green light. Up and down the length of HS2 there is huge potential for major regeneration and development and we must press forward with this project without delay.”
The Curzon HS2 Masterplan is the latest in a series of major projects that are remaking Birmingham’s city centre. The $1 billion (£600M) transformation of New Street Station will be completed next year and ambitious plans for Paradise Circus at the heart of the city will be realized in 2015.
A huge investment in the city’s Metro tram system is set to bring trams back to the center of Birmingham for the first time in 60 years, revolutionizing the way people get around the city.
Eastside City Park was the first new city center park in Birmingham for more than 130 years when it opened right next to Curzon Street in December 2012, and the critically acclaimed Library of Birmingham opened last year as a center of learning and a major tourist attraction.
The new Birmingham Curzon station will be the first new station to be built in Birmingham for over 100 years and when complete will be the largest building in the city.