The recently redeveloped Birmingham New Street station officially opened to the public yesterday after seven years complex work by Mace, delivering a bigger and brighter experience for passengers, including a new major retail development.
New Street station (pictured under construction earlier this year) is now five times the size of the original station and will bring an increase in passenger capacity from 32 million per year to 52 million.
Project Director at Mace, Martyn Woodhouse, commented: “The scale of the works that we have undertaken at New Street is epic and all while keeping the station operational.
“We have faced many challenges along the way from there being no plans in existence of the old station to finding high levels of asbestos that needed to be removed.
“I am very proud of all our team and subcontractors involved and the way that everyone has worked together to produce the spectacular station that we see before us.”
With the substantial expansion of New Street Station, a major retail development, comprising 1.6 million sq ft of floor space has also been delivered. Grand Central, which opens to the public on Thursday, is anchored by a 247,500 sq ft John Lewis store and is expected to attract over 50 million visitors per year.
Jason Millett, the COO for Major Programmes and Infrastructure at Mace, added: “Complex projects have always been a key part of our business, and Birmingham New Street has been a landmark in our delivery for rail infrastructure.
“This has been a fantastic project. It shows that stations can be a catalyst for change and it is already delivering on its aims of regenerating the south side of the city.”
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