Plans to redevelop a disused Birmingham city centre rail station into facilities for High Speed 2 have been approved.
Birmingham City Council gave the green light for the current Grade I-listed Curzon Street station to be developed into a visitor centre and office space for HS2 and other organisations.
A new-look Curzon Street station will eventually link phases one and two of HS2, providing an interchange on the journey from London to Manchester and Leeds.
In September last year, Birmingham local authorities announced they would be pumping nearly £1bn into regenerating parts of the city located around Curzon Street station in the city’s Eastside district.
Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and the West Midlands Combined Authority are allocating a total of £907m into the Curzon Investment Plan to develop 141 ha of land around the planned HS2 station.
Under the plans, a promenade and square will be built around the station, while several new neighbourhoods, offices and retail spaces will also be created.
In April, Construction News revealed that the contracts to build HS2’s two Birmingham stations – Birmingham Curzon Street and Birmingham Interchange – will be awarded two years later than its London stations.
Construction contract awards for Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street are scheduled for Q2 2020.
However, this is two years after contracts will be given out for the London stations – Old Oak Common and Euston.