Birmingham City Council has given a nod to start renovation works on the Old Curzon Street station. The approval by the council to HS2 allows the station to witness new high-speed terminus in central Birmingham, as the project progresses.
The council that owns the building has made an agreement and enables a long-term lease by HS2. The works are set to begin by HS2’s enabling works contractor Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons (LMJV), on the major revamp early next year.
HS2 has prepared new plans for the Grade I listed building and integrated it for the new Curzon Street Station. The plans provide an enhanced setting to reflect the history of the old station, as well as the Grade II listed Woodman pub.
The building is now listed on the ‘Heritage at Risk Register’ maintained by Historic England, after having suffered extensive damage during the Birmingham Blitz, and survived two applications for its demolition in the 1970s.
The refurbishment will see this status change for the first time in over a decade, with future plans to use it as an HS2 visitor centre, with flexible facilities for office space, exhibition purposes and catering.