Royal Visit to Birmingham New Street Station
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh will pull into the new-look station aboard the Royal Train on Thursday, November 19.
During the tour, the Queen will meet members of staff and apprentices who were involved in the construction project. Her Majesty will then take part in a short ceremony, unveiling a plaque to herald the completion of the multi-million pound revamp. The £1bn scheme represents the most significant investment in Birmingham city centre in a generation and will transform one of the UK’s busiest rail terminals. It is a key component of Birmingham’s 25 year ‘big city plan’.
We have played a key role as project director on the programme for over 10 years, initially working with Birmingham City Council and Network Rail to develop the concept and secure funding, we have lead through to the opening of the station. As part of a broad role our involvement has included developing the business case, securing planning consent, leading the land assembly process which included a major public inquiry, completing the joint venture arrangements and protecting the Council and the funder’s requirements. We continue to support Birmingham City Council by leading the entry into service of the shopping centre and managing the sale of the long leasehold interest in Grand Central on the open market.
Covering a six hectare city centre site, the programme was undertaken around a continuously open shopping centre and live railway station which sees 175,000 passengers pass through it each day.
This represents one of a number of major regeneration projects that we have supported in Birmingham, including the £500m commercial re-development of Paradise Circus and the mixed use regeneration around Curzon Street station where HS2 is due to arrive in the city.
Rob Flavell, strategic leader of our Birmingham office said:
“This project has been an epic journey for the project partners and Turner & Townsend for over 10 years and we are delighted to see it open to the public. It is an iconic scheme and provides a new face for Birmingham. It showcases the fantastic range of skills and experience in project setup, delivery and assurance we have in the Midlands, which will be particularly important to support the local authorities and LEPs as they continue their journey to devolution.”