The £56 million redevelopment of University railway station in Birmingham has reached a major milestone as VolkerFitzpatrick has installed a bridge that spans the Worcester and Birmingham canal. It links the new station to the University of Birmingham campus, and will be used by thousands of passengers a day, when it opens to the public next summer.
Serving both the University of Birmingham campus and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University station is one of the busiest stations in the region. It has seen a 700 per cent increase in passenger numbers since it opened in 1978.
To improve capacity, VolkerFitzpatrick is currently constructing new station buildings – the main building on Vincent Drive and a second, smaller building between the railway line and canal. Both are being assembled from a 480 tonne flat pack structure, with parts produced off-site and assembled on location to speed up construction.
The station’s impressive concrete frame was completed in September, with the brick-effect cladding now being fitted. The station was constructed from 1,500 square metres of concrete columns, beams and wall sections, all brought together to form the outer shell. This is supported by foundations, made up of 403 concrete columns under the ground.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street visited the site ion Thursday 7 October 2021. He commented: “Last time I was on site it was an empty plot of land, so I am delighted to see how much progress has been made in just a few months.
“It really is an impressive achievement that progress has been made so quickly on the new station, while the busy Cross City line and existing station are continuing to stay open, with disruption to the travelling public kept to a minimum.
“We all know the current station is stretched well beyond its capacity and isn’t fit for purpose anymore, so this work will make a real difference to the thousands of commuters that use the station every single day.”