Birmingham New Street

AZPML, Atkins and Haskoll, Birmingham, 2015


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One of the three 'media eyes' that overlooks the entrances 

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  • One of the three     
  • The station    
  • Stainless steel cladding panels    
  • The improved station acts as a hub for the city    
  • Some remnants of the old station emerge from the new    
  • The station offers improved connections to the rest of the city    
  • Undulating baffles conceal ducting and services    
  • Passengers sit underneath the undulating baffles    
  • The column-free main concourse is the size of a football pitch    
  • The main concourse    
  • The main atrium space    
  • Plan    
  • Sections    
  • BNS Existing Concourse    
  • BNS Proposed Concourse    
  • BNS Proposed Section    
  • BNS Existing Section    
  • Atrium roof axonometric view    
  • Stainless steel cladding construction sequence    
  • Elevations    
  • Axonometric    
  • South side development build up    
  • Visualisation    
  • Visualisation    
  • Visualisation    
  • Historic image    
  • Facade detail    

Refurbishment of station to allow for more passengers, improve connections to the rest of the city and create a landmark for Britain’s second city. A new facade overclads the existing concrete structure with 5,500 stainless-steel panels.

The transformation of New Street Station was undertaken to benefit the people of Birmingham and to the regions around the city. The existing station was built in 1967 and the upgrade will act as a hub for a new metro and anticipates future HS2 development. The existing glass roof was replaced with ETFE pillows that sit on arched steel trusses hidden beneath a tensile PVC fabric structure.

The cladding contractor adopted a design and fabrication strategy that relies on site installation of individual components. The curvature of the facade is a developable surface that was unrolled and cut as a flat surface, then shaped as necessary on site.


  • Begun: Sep 2009
  • Completed: Sep 2015
  • Floor area: 91,500m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £750M
  • Procurement: Design and Build – Construction Management
  • Address: New Street, Birmingham, B2 4QA, United Kingdom

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