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Business News HS2 station gains planning permission


HS2’s new landmark Curzon Street station in Birmingham has been given planning permission by Birmingham City Council. Three planning applications for


the new station and the surrounding landscaping were approved by the council’s planning committee, with the council’s report concluding the station design “is truly world class”. The new HS2 station will be net


zero carbon in operation, and will adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies. Features include parkland lawns,


rain gardens to capture water, wildflower grassland, insect and bird boxes, forest-scale tree planting across the site, and an area of new broadleaf woodland to provide a natural habitat for local wildlife. It incorporates the existing Grade


1 listed Old Curzon Street building, linking it to the new station’s eastern concourse at New Canal Street. The council’s report concluded


that “the elegant and (deceptively) simple form of the main station building clearly reads as a railway station and harks back to traditional station architecture, delivering this in a confident and


Transport for the West Midlands, Midland Metro Alliance and Network Rail to make sure that the station is well connected.” Paul Faulkner, chief executive of


Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said: “This is another vital step in making HS2 a reality. The initial designs for Curzon Street, which Chamber patron WSP have been heavily involved in, are fantastic and we look forward to watching them being brought to life over the coming years. “Not only will Curzon Street be a


contemporary way.” Matthew Botelle, HS2 Ltd’s


stations director said: “We’re extremely pleased to receive planning approval for HS2’s Curzon Street station in Birmingham. Eco- friendly innovations are a fundamental part of our plans, with the station designed to achieve zero carbon emissions from day-to- day energy consumption.


“Our design also allows for


future improvements to the public space to ensure inclusive, seamless transport connections for local people, provide opportunities for retail and commercial development, and help drive local investment and regeneration. “Now that we’ve been given


approval, we will continue to work with Birmingham City Council,


world-class station at the heart of the UK’s new-look rail network, it is something that Birmingham and the wider region can be proud of, and along with the whole HS2 project, will play a vital role in driving our regional economy forward in the years ahead.” Curzon Street station in Birmingham city centre will be the first new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th Century. Procurement for the company to


construct the station has already started, with Invitation to Tender set to be launched in the summer.


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