Curzon Street station
Birmingham Curzon Street Station will be one of the most environmentally friendly stations in world. Sitting at the heart of the high speed rail network, it will give people more choice about where they live, work and play.
The station itself will be net zero carbon in operation and adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies, including capturing rainwater and utilising sustainable power generation, with over 2,800m2 of solar panels located on platform canopies.
It is designed to meet a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard, which is an industry recognised standard for buildings that reduce energy usage and materials waste and minimise their impact on the natural environment.
HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street, which is inspired by the great arched roofs built by the Victorian railway pioneers. The design takes that inspiration into the 21st Century, ensuring accessibility and a focus on the open space and landscaping around it.
Construction progress so far
Significant progress has already been made on site at Curzon Street, during our early construction works activity. Site clearance is now complete and a massive archaeological programme, involving 70 archaeologists, has unearthed the world’s oldest railway roundhouse.
Mace Dragados were appointed as HS2’s Construction Partner for Curzon Street station in May 2021. Over 1,000 jobs – including an estimated 100 new entrant roles and 100 new apprenticeship positions and Restart scheme opportunities for unemployed people – will be created by the joint venture that will build HS2’s landmark station in the centre of Birmingham.
Delivering the HS2 station
HS2 Curzon Street Station will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the 19th century. The station will create a new local landmark and support the regeneration of the city.
The station will maximise the benefit of natural resources such as sunlight and water and have new public spaces surrounding it. The designs will also incorporate the existing historic Old Curzon Street building and link it to the new station’s eastern concourse at New Canal Street.
The designs also improve access to different modes of transport, with the Midland Metro running alongside and underneath the station, pedestrian routes to local bus services, rapid transit bus services and other train services and space for more than 250 bicycles.
Sustainability and environment
Our station will be designed to meet the requirement of BREEAM Excellent – an industry recognised standard for sustainable lifetime performance. The station will achieve zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. This means it will be highly efficient, generating energy through a range of different technologies.
We will maximise the benefits of natural resources such as sunlight and water, and provide seamless connections between different transportation modes, Birmingham’s communities, and wildlife habitats. We’ve made sure that our landscape design plans include:
- Parkland lawns, rain gardens (to capture water), herbaceous shrubbery, and forest-scale tree planting across the site;
- New open green space and damp grassland habitats between Curzon Street and the viaduct to the east; and
- An environmental mitigation zone of broadleaf woodland to the south of the car park and viaduct, which will provide a natural habitat for local wildlife.
Connectivity and accessibility
We’re working with Birmingham City Council, Transport for the West Midlands, Midland Metro Alliance, Network Rail and others to make sure that the station is well connected. Some of the key connections that will be provided include:
- The tram line that will run alongside and underneath the station;
- A shared public space between Curzon Street and Moor Street stations to provide a simple and seamless connection between the two stations;
- Straightforward pedestrian routes allowing easy access to local bus services, Sprint (a rapid transit bus service) and onwards to other train services;
- ‘Station Square’ – a generous public space to be used as a destination and meeting space;
- Good public transport, walking and cycling links into Digbeth and to both the Knowledge Quarter and the central business district in Birmingham city centre;
- Well-designed public spaces, including space for events and a seamless connection to Eastside City Park; and
- Improved pedestrian and cycling links between Digbeth Conservation Area and Birmingham’s Knowledge Quarter.
We’re working with Birmingham City Council to see how our design can best allow for any future improvements to the public space between Curzon Street Station, Moor Street Station and New Street Station to provide a seamless connection between these major stations.
We know that good cycling facilities at the station are important to you, so we’ve made sure that cycle parking has been carefully considered in the design of the new station. There’ll be more than 256 spaces for bicycles, with allocated space for 300 more in the future if required.
We’ll clearly mark cycle and pedestrian routes in public spaces to work as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) programme.
Arts, culture and heritage
We’ve worked with Birmingham City Council to develop designs that respect the existing historic Old Curzon Street Station building, and also link it to the new station’s eastern concourse at New Canal Street.
Public space will surround the new station which includes the area around the Old Curzon Street Station building. The design of the space will enhance the setting of the station and recognise the heritage of the site, in particular, the historic track alignments of the former goods yard that used to lie to its east.
The feature gardens and new eastern concourse façade have also been designed to complement the architecture of the existing Old Curzon Street Station building.
Curzon Promenade, the public spaces surrounding the new station, and the decision not to divert New Canal Street all retain and frame important views of the old station.
The new station will feature four new public spaces, supporting travel, recreation and leisure:
- Station Square: Station Square will create a new, green and attractive meeting place in the city that will provide easy links into the city centre and Digbeth, generating a sense of local pride and identity. It’s been designed as the ‘front door’ to the HS2 journey to and from Birmingham.
- Curzon Square: This area will reflect its historic setting and buildings and complement the setting of Eastside City Park. It provides an enhanced setting for the Grade I listed former Curzon Street Station and Grade II listed Woodman pub. There will also be space for outdoor public events.
- Curzon Promenade: Curzon Promenade is located along the northern side of the station and links with Eastside City Park. This area will be used by pedestrians and cyclists who are heading towards the bus and Sprint stops north of the station, the Knowledge Quarter and future canalside developments. We’ve designed Curzon Promenade to encourage people to stop and enjoy the vibrant, characterful landscape which is made up of garden spaces that extend downhill to Curzon Square.
- Paternoster Place: As a gateway to Digbeth, Paternoster Place will provide a new, attractive pedestrian route and urban space that will open up a key link to the future regeneration potential of Digbeth. We’ve designed it to encourage activity and investment to Enterprise Zone sites.