Birmingham's station receives the Foreign Office treatment
Plans for the grand redevelopment of New Street station in Birmingham, England, have been unveiled. Foreign Office Architects were the winners of the international design competition coordinated by RIBA on behalf of the funding partners. The final design was chosen out of the 48 entries by a panel of representatives from each of the funding bodies, chaired by Sir Bernard Zissman. The shortlist included plans submitted by UN Studio, Rafael Viñoly architects, LAB Architecture Studio, IDOM UK Ltd and CRAB Studio.
The bright new station designed by Foreign Office Architects will be covered in reflective sheets of carefully crafted and finished metal and will incorporate three high technology digital displays which will make the entrances clear and easy to find.
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, principal architect at FOA commented: "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 £600m redevelopment, a joint scheme between Birmingham City Council, network rail, advantage West Midlands and Centro, will include more accessible, brighter and clearer platforms, 42 new escalators, 14 new lifts, a grand concourse three and a half times bigger that the present one enclosed by a giant light-filled atrium, a new station façade.
The concept designs will now be developed by an integrated team which will be lead by Network Rail and will include lead architects FOA, WS Atkins as lead consultant and Mace as Delivery Partner.