Restoration work begins on Old Curzon Street Station building in Birmingham

WCN Editorial Team 3 Sep 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

HS2, the developer of the UK's High Speed 2 project, has announced that work to transform the Old Curzon Street Station building in Birmingham is now underway.

National contractor KN Circet and a team of local experts will carry out the 12-month intricate restoration work on one of the world’s oldest railway buildings.

Opened in 1838, the building was used as the Birmingham terminus for the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR) line, which connected to Euston Station in London.

The scope of work on the project will include new glass balustrade for the historic staircase, roof repairs, internal fit-out, clean of the external building masonry, and structural repairs to the external façade.

A new steel structural frame will also be installed to strengthen the building as well as a new lift to provide access to all four levels of the building.

Other companies involved in the project include Orton Group, supplying mechanical and electrical design and installation; J.F.E. Attridge Scaffolding Services and Umberslade, doing the strip-out.

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward said: “As a key part of Birmingham’s railway heritage, the renovation of Old Curzon Street Station will secure its place as part of the new Curzon Street Station for generations to come.

“Local experts will work to carry out an intricate restoration which will bring the building back to its former glory.

“The restoration will create high-skilled jobs, further demonstrating the economic benefit that HS2 is bringing to our city. We are entering a Golden Decade for Birmingham and the arrival of HS2 is at the heart of this.”

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Rendering of the Old Curzon Street Station building in Birmingham. Credit: High Speed Two Ltd 2021.

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