The proposed changes for HS2 were announced earlier this year, with Birmingham recently named as the chosen engineering HQ for the project. HS2 sees to redevelop key areas of the country, including many parts of Birmingham city, including Eastside, which has already seen much change as part of the Big City Plan.
This post will explore what further changes are in store for Curzon Street, Eastside, and will show you what some of the changes will look like in before and after slideshows.
The new HS2 terminus aims to make the journey from London to Birmingham only 49 minutes. Hoping to boost Birmingham’s economy by £1.3 billion every year, and creating over 14,000 jobs and around 600,000 square metres of employment floorspace, it is an ambitious project. The construction is set to begin in phases from 2017, with trains arriving in Birmingham from 2026.
“The Curzon Street Masterplan… shows an exciting vision of how the area around the Curzon Street station can be developed and transformed.” – HS2 Chief Executive Alison Munro
The architectural changes are as dramatic as the figures – the new station – Birmingham Curzon – will be shrouded in a large glass structure, signifying the new ‘entrance’ to the city. The new station will be the largest built in Birmingham for over 100 years,.
Birmingham Curzon will be encased in a large glass structure. The station itself will be the main point for trains from London to Birmingham, and will also host retail facilities.
“Their vision for the Curzon HS2 Masterplan demonstrates the transformational value of HS2, not just for rail passengers but for the communities that the railway will serve.” – Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Chair of the HS2 Growth Taskforce
Surrounding the station there will be extensive development, including transforming the derelict and fire-damaged Co-Op Building into a mixed use development. Much new office and creative business space will be created, further pushing the image of Birmingham as a city of enterprise and industry.
Curzon Street Station
Curzon Street Station will be incorporated into plans for the new station, although its exact use has not been specified. HS2 assets documents state that there will be:
“Protection of the former Curzon Street station building and the Woodman public house during construction and enhancement of their settings.”
While details of the station’s internal future remain vague, plans for its exterior and surroundings are certainly ambitious. Hopefully, the new development will help to make the historic station a hub of the community once again.
Curzon Street Station
Curzon Street Station has stood proudly in Birmingham Eastside since 1838. It was a grand design by architect Philip Hardwick, which connected London and Birmingham by rail for the first time.
The station closed in 1966 and has successfully evaded demolition several times thanks to its Grade I heritage listing. The building is currently empty, save for an occasional art exhibition, most recently the Hidden Spaces exhibition by Associated Architects.
Curzon Street Station is set to be transformed to its former glory, once again part of the new HS2 terminus hosting trains from London to Birmingham – this time on an innovative high speed network. The station will be at the heart of the development at Birmingham Eastside.
Eagle and Tun public house
Just down the road from Curzon Street Station, the Eagle and Tun public house is a lost local treasure. It was once home to a thriving music scene, hosting the music video for UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ and holding live music regularly.
The pub closed in 2008 and has been empty since then. The building has fallen into dereliction and has some structural problems, future thoughts of retaining it in the wake of the new HS2 development uncertain.
The Eagle and Tun public house is a Grade B locally listed building. Although usually afford no legal backing in development decisions, the building will be incorporated into the new station, although its future use is still unclear.