Faithful+Gould was appointed to provide pre-contract services on the £500 million Birmingham Gateway project. This project forms part of Network Rail's plans to increase station capacity at Birmingham’s New Street Station including the refurbishment of the Pallasades Shopping Centre above the station incorporating a 250,000sqft extension for a new John Lewis store.
The project is extremely complex due to New Street Station being one of the busiest stations in Europe and having to remain 100% operational throughout the five year construction programme. The station is classed as an underground station, with a fully operational shopping centre and car park above. The project involves a large number of stakeholders, difficult interfaces and phasing challenges.
Our involvement in the project started in 2003 on the capacity enhancement project studies for the station. Planning permission was applied for in early 2006 and feasibility exercises were commenced in 2007. Our team has been involved at each GRIP stage of the project. Since our involvement we have had a team of up to 49 individuals working on the project.
The project has encompassed all operational station works and the ‘high street’ environment both in the shopping centre above and to external areas. In brief the development comprises of:
- Refurbishment of all 12 platforms on a phased possessions basis including improved vertical platform access.
- Reconfiguration and redevelopment of the concourse to enhance passenger movement and experience including improved facilities and introducing additional retail offering to support the business case.
- Creation of new central atrium above the concourse and within the Pallasades Shopping Centre, including necessary adaptations to the structure and alteration works to the Pallasades and a new 250,000 square foot extension for the John Lewis store.
- Re-cladding of the station in stainless steel to provide a clear iconic identity for the station.
- Relocation and provision of new TOC accommodation and BTP accommodation.
- Provision of new public realm around the station and alterations to the Highways and pedestrian routes required under the Section 278 Agreement
- Extension of the existing Navigation Street footbridge to enable access/egress from Hill Street.
Throughout our involvement with the project, achieving best value and reducing costs have been paramount.