HS2 reveals design vision for Solihull Interchange station

Kate Addlington Kate Adlington Global Press Office,London
9 October 2018

HS2 and Arup have released images of Interchange station at Birmingham Library as part of a series of public engagement events during October to give people the opportunity to see the new designs and give their feedback.

The Interchange station will be a new major gateway station for the region, part of a new public transport interchange serving Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC. The station will help deliver longer term development and growth proposals for the area around the station, including new homes, business space and jobs.

The designs for Curzon Street station in central Birmingham have also been shared.

Hs2 Solihill interchange station Hs2 Solihill interchange station
Design Vision for interchange station

These brand new stations will be catalysts for regeneration, creating jobs and opportunities for local people and economic benefits for Birmingham and the Midlands. Curzon Street station will put Birmingham at the heart of Britain’s new high speed network and enhance the rail connectivity for the city, whilst Interchange provides a once in a life time opportunity to help drive the growth of the region. ”

Andy street, Mayor of west midlands Andy Street Mayor of West Midlands

"Both of these new stations will be transformational for the Midlands and will create opportunities for regeneration, growth and economic benefits for the city and region. Preparatory work for the stations is well under way, with a variety of enabling works including the construction of access roads and archaeological investigations."                   
Mark Thurston, HS2 CEO

Kim Quazi, Lead Architect, Arup, for Interchange station said: “Interchange station sits within a unique setting, on the edge of the urban landscape in a currently rural location. The station building has been designed to reflect its surroundings and in context with the natural landscape and topography.

“The station roof has been designed to fit in with the surrounding landscape, and to optimise natural daylight using an integrated, efficient structural form and rainwater management system. We have also focused on a number of objectives including creating a positive experience for future users and rail passengers by including open space, parkland and views to green spaces, and constructing a green building with low energy consumption and low maintenance.”