curzon street railway station birmingham by Steve Cadman

Curzon Street Railway Station

History

Curzon Street Station stands next to the new Eastside development housing Millennium Point and the Birmingham City University ‘City Centre’ campus. Currently sitting empty for most of the year, the building is a far cry from its former glory.

Opening on April 9th 1838, the grand building designed by the architect Philip Hardwick brought trains from Birmingham to London for the first time. The design complimented Hardwick’s previous projects in London.

Including the build of the ‘London to Birmingham’ line, engineered by Robert Stephenson, the final cost of the project was about 6 million at the time.

The station closed in 1966, and is, upon occasion, used for art exhibitions, laying empty for the rest of the year. The building has been threatened with demolition several times, however due to its Grade I listing status these attempts have not been successful.

Curzon Street Station has been incorporated into Birmingham’s HS2 plans. The station will be restored as part of the centre of the HS2 network, once again hosting trains from London to Birmingham. Sitting inside a large glass structure, the building will be refurbished to showcase Hardwick’s original facade at the entrance, which has survived the building’s disuse.

Architecture

The current structure is in a derelict state, with the façade the most retained element. There was once a supplementary goods station, locomotive sheds, stables, warehouses and offices on site.

Curzon Street Station was built three stories tall, with a grand iron and stone staircase inside. It has Roman influences, aiming to compliment Hardwick’s previous architecture in London.

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Fact file:

Location: Curzon Street, Eastside 
Built: 1838
Style: Philip Hardwick
Status: Grade I 
Use: HS2 Development

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