New Street Station Scoops Project of the Year at RICS Grand Final 2016

Angelina Padovano
Birmingham's New Street Station has been awarded overall Project of the Year at the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Grand Final Awards 2016, with the judges describing it as the most significant investment in regenerating Birmingham in a generation.

The £1bn scheme also scooped the Regeneration Category award. Our Birmingham office was appointed to provide pre-contract services including capacity enhancement project studies and feasability exercises.

Our involvement in the project started in 2003 on the capacity enhancement project studies. Planning permission was applied for in early 2006 and feasibility exercises commenced in 2007. Our team has been involved at each Guide to Rail Investment Process (GRIP) stage of the project.

Complexities of the project included the station, one of the busiest in Europe, having to remain 100% operational throughout the five year construction programme.

The redeveloped station opened in September 2015 and has created a world-class station five times the size of the original station, whilst the transformation of the former Pallasades shopping centre into Grand Central has created a popular shopping and leisure destination for the City of Birmingham.

The RICS award wins for the project follows a number of other successes including a Construction Award and Overall Winner at the West Midlands Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards 2016, Outstanding Project at the UK Rail Industry Awards and Overall Project of the Year at the West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards.

"As well as creating an impressive world-class station, the scheme will provide signifcant benefit to the local economy..."

Phil Mann, Faithful+Gould Director and Head of the Commercial Services Team in Birmingham

Phil Mann, director and head of the commercial services team in Birmingham, commented: "As well as creating an impressive world-class station, the scheme will provide signifcant benefit to the local economy and I'm immensely proud that our Birmingham office has contributed to its success."

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