In new plans unveiled by Birmingham City Council this May, it has been revealed that the Eagle and Tun public house would be transformed and incorporated into the new Curzon Street Gateway as part of the proposed HS2 developement.
The Eagle and Tun, on the corner of Banbury Street, has a quirkier history than most. The location for UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ video and a once thriving music venue, the pub now sits derelict. With a local listing status of Grade B, the building has been unused since its closure in 2008.
“HS2 will be an important catalyst for this ongoing development and regeneration activity.”
– Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council
The new HS2 network is proposed as part of Birmingham’s Big City Plan, which will see changes to 141 hectres of the city centre, stretching from Eastside to New Street. The Curzon Street Gateway would restore the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station, making it the new hub of the HS2 network.
‘there will be modifications to the locally listed Eagle and Tun public house on New Canal Street to integrate the building within the proposed Curzon Street station structure’.
Nearby pub, the Fox and Grapes which is Grade 2 listed, would be demolished during the new development.
Waheed Nazir, Director for Planning and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council sates “The Masterplan sets out the City Council’s aspirations for the new HS2 terminus station and the huge regeneration potential that surrounds it.”
Works on the HS2 development across the route are expected to start in 2017, following formal consultations and environmental surveys.