A section of how Birmingham’s New Street station
will look after its £600m development was unveiled this week. The Gateway
development, to be completed by 2015, will double passenger capacity compared with
the current structure that dates from the 1960s.
Network Rail built the 200sqm section of
mirror-polished stainless steel so that it could learn how Foreign Office
Architects’ concept design for the station would be brought to life.
Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor
Mike Whitby, says: “Gateway will break new ground and enhance Birmingham’s reputation as
a globally significant city and set a standard for others to follow”.
Chief executive at Advantage West
Laverty, believes the
project will create “an iconic city landmark that will boost the business, inward
investment and tourism opportunities of tomorrow. It is a welcome confidence
boost for a region hardest hit by the recession”.
The Gateway project is backed by Network
Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, Centro and the
Department for Transport. It will be delivered by Network Rail.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of transport
authority Centro, says
when the project is teamed with other key transport projects like the extension
of Metro and High Speed Rail, “it will truly give Birmingham the modern vibrant image and world
class public transport system it deserves”.