Birmingham HS2 Curzon Street Station Approved

Grimshaw’s designs for HS2 Curzon Street station

Thursday 23 April saw Grimshaw’s design proposals for Birmingham’s new HS2 Curzon Street station approved by Birmingham City Council.

This is the first HS2 Phase One station to achieve consented status. This key project milestone represents 24 months of close collaboration with HS2, the city of Birmingham and other key stakeholders.

Curzon Street station will form an integral part of a major new transport interchange, bringing together HS2, Moor Street Station, West Midlands Metro tram and new bus facilities.

Two major new public spaces and two station concourses will be created as part of the project, together with new pedestrian and cycle links. Philip Hardwick’s Grade I Listed 1838 London to Birmingham railway terminus building will also be brought back to life as part of the proposals.


 “The design reflects the West Midlands’ industrial heritage through 21st century means, conveying humanity to its public spaces through a finely modulated arched structural frame spanning 70m interspersed with warm soffit.”

– Neven Sidor 

Grimshaw Partner



The project will extend the reach of Birmingham city centre eastwards by half a kilometre and help to drive regeneration in the Digbeth area of the city.

 Sustainability and carbon neutral objectives have guided design thinking. The roof structure is highly efficient with tie forces carried through the concourse floor. Natural light penetrates both public and back of house areas and surrounding landscape utilising porous surfaces or ‘rain gardens’. Photovoltaic panels offset energy demands.



Inclusive design is also at the heart of the proposals, with a clearly laid out progression of intuitive spaces, open and accessible information ’hubs’, quiet zones, children’s play areas and generously sized washroom facilities.


Common Design Elements

Grimshaw’s contribution to HS2’s Station Common Design Elements programme is also embedded in the scheme, which aims to achieve a consistent identity for repeated components across the national HS2 network. An example of design innovation is a new  multi-function ‘totem’ which clusters lighting, CCTV, customer information, Wi-Fi and public address speakers in one unit, allowing safe and easy maintenance at low-level.


Others involved

The Lead Consultant and project engineer is WSP, landscaping by Grant Associates, retail consultancy by Leslie Jones and lighting strategy by Speirs & Major.

Chris Hayter, Project Director at WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, said: “Curzon Street station’s design encourages commuters and communities to see it as much as a destination and place to meet as a functioning rail station. As lead consultant, WSP’s 160-strong project team is delighted to finally see this ambition realised after two years of collaborative work with HS2 and our partners.

"The decision to approve the station’s design is a significant moment in Birmingham’s ongoing transformation as a modern and vibrant city and in delivering this transformative project, the Midlands will better connect its towns and cities and use infrastructure investment to boost the Midlands Engine.”

Picture: Grimshaw’s designs for HS2 Curzon Street station have been approved by Birmingham City Council.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
24th April 2020


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