The proposed redevelopment of Birmingham’s historic Curzon Street station took a giant leap forward as Birmingham City Council’s planning committee have given the green light to development plans submitted by HS2 Ltd.
Just two years ago any thoughts of bringing the Grade I listed building back to life were simply a pipedream, but thanks to the passion and enthusiasm shown by partners, the historic building is now pitched to be at the forefront of the impressive Eastside regeneration programme.
The arrival of HS2 is driving growth and regeneration right across the Midlands and it’s fitting that we are playing a leading role in restoring the oldest railway terminus in the world whilst simultaneously revolutionising rail travel for future generations on the very same spot.
Redeveloping the former Curzon Street station building was never part of HS2’s remit, but we committed to working with Historic England, Birmingham City University and Birmingham City Council to try and make it happen.
Mike Lyons, Programme Director, HS2 Ltd
Under plans approved today, HS2 Ltd now has consent to proceed with turning the building, which has lain empty for over a decade, into a visitor centre and education hub which will be shared by Historic England, Birmingham City University and HS2 Ltd. Ownership of the building will be retained by Birmingham City Council.