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HS2 tackles Birmingham station restoration

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HS2 teams have started work restoring an historic station in Birmingham.

They are making improvements to the Grade I listed Old Curzon Street station, with contractor KN Circet – which has a base in the Midlands – leading a team of local restoration specialists on a 12-month project.

The station is thought to be one of the oldest surviving pieces of monumental railway architecture. It was designed by architect Philip Hardwick and opened in 1838 as the Birmingham terminus for the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR) line that connected to Euston Station in London.

It has survived the Birmingham Blitz, as well as two applications to have it demolished in the 1970s.

The Grade I listed building has been integrated into HS2’s plans for the new Curzon Street station, which provides an improved setting to reflect the history of the old station as well as the Grade II listed Woodman pub.

The public space surrounding the station will feature the historic track alignments of the former goods yard that used to lie to its east, and the gardens and new eastern concourse façade have also been designed to complement the architecture of the building.

Improvements will include a new steel structural frame to strengthen the building, a new lift giving access to all four levels, new glass balustrade for the historic staircase, internal fit-out, roof repairs, structural repairs to the external façade, and a full clean of the external building masonry.

Russell Bailey, HS2.

HS2 project manager for Old Curzon Street station Russell Bailey, who is on secondment from Faithful+Gould, said: “It’s fantastic to see work start on the restoration of one of Birmingham’s most iconic railway buildings, and it’s particularly great to see a team of local specialists bringing their skills to this intricate restoration.

“Over 300 companies in the West Midlands have already won work on HS2, so this is adding to the growing number of companies benefiting from contracts on the project which is supporting thousands of jobs in the region.

“The revamped building is integrated into HS2’s plans for the city’s landmark Curzon Street Station, which will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the 19th century.

“Work is set to start on building the new station in the next year, with the joint venture contractor Mace Dragodos set to create 1,000 jobs.”

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