UK-based high-speed railway project High Speed Two (HS2) has unveiled the designs of two new stations in Birmingham and Solihull.

Curzon Street station is being designed by WSP UK in partnership with Grimshaw Architects and will be located in central Birmingham.

The station is expected to open with seven high-speed platforms in 2026.

Grimshaws lead architect Neven Sidor said: “HS2’s new Curzon Street station is inspired by the best station design of the past, inspired by Britain’s pioneering railway and industrial heritage re-imagined for the 21st century.

“The elegant sleek low arch, which will make the station instantly recognisable in the surrounding area and its warm coffered soffit, will join the growing list of modern Birmingham icons.”

“Interchange station sits within a unique setting, on the edge of the urban landscape in a currently rural location.”

Sidor also added that the West concourse will have the ambiance of a modern airport terminal, while the East concourse design will feature the historic Curzon Station building as part of a revitalised New Canal Street scene.

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Designed by Arup, Interchange station will serve Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.

Arup lead architect Kim Quazi said: “Interchange station sits within a unique setting, on the edge of the urban landscape in a currently rural location.

“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.”

In addition, HS2 has commenced construction work on the Curzon Street station while works are underway on 60 sites across the route from London to Birmingham.

The whole project is expected to create more than 7,000 jobs across the country, as well as 30,000 jobs at peak construction.