UK’s HS2 secures planning approval for Birmingham Interchange station
August 31, 2020 – HS2, the company responsible for developing the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has secured planning approval from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for the Birmingham Interchange station to be built in Solihull, England.
The planning application has been approved for the station and the surrounding landscape and public realm, along with the Automated People Mover.
The station’s Automated People Mover that will link to the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport to carry up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction.
Featuring latest eco-friendly design and renewable technologies, the station will use natural ventilation, daylight, harvested rainwater and solar energy to reduce carbon emissions.
HS2 stations director Matthew Botelle said: “The operation of our stations will play a key role in the UK’s fight against climate change and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“We have also worked with our local stakeholders to design a station that considers future major growth plans around the site.”
Major regeneration plans at the site are being led by the Urban Growth Company, creating nearly 70,000 new and existing jobs, 5,000 new homes and 650,000m² of commercial space while generating an additional ₤6.2bn annually.
HS2’s design consultants Arup worked with landscape architects Churchman Thornhill Finch to develop the station design.
Arup Architects director Kim Quazi said: “Creating the world’s most sustainable station has always been at the heart of HS2’s design vision and this planning approval is testament to everything we have been working towards.
“From the striking roof supported by light-weight glulam timber – inspired by the form of a leaf – to the green open spaces, everything has been selected to minimise the station’s carbon footprint and ensure that it reflects its surroundings and unique location.”
HS2 plans to award a contract for construction partner in 2022 with the construction work scheduled to commence in 2024.