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Planners Mull Curzon Street HS2 Business District Plans As £570M Station Gets On Track

Grimshaw's designs for the exterior of the Euston HS2 terminal

The birth of a new 6M SF business district around Birmingham’s £570M Curzon Street HS2 railway station has moved a step closer with the appointment of building contractors.

The selection of Mace and Dragados to design and build the high speed rail terminus promises to turn long-cherished plans into reality ahead of the arrival of the HS2 service in or around 2026. The winning duo, who are also partners on the delivery of HS2’s London terminus at Euston, was picked ahead of rival bids from Laing O’Rouke and Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial.

WSP and Grimshaw Architects are advising on designs for the Curzon Street station.

The selection comes as city planners mull responses to suggestions the Curzon Street site should be diversified away from office space.

City planners are now considering responses to their consultation on the Curzon Street site that asked whether the buildings around the forthcoming HS2 Curzon Station could be rethought to provide new workspaces and new homes, as part of a push for more mixed-use neighbourhoods.

The area around the station was originally expected to see 4,000 homes and 6.5M SF of workspace, but the mood has changed since the 2015 Curzon Street masterplan was published.

The consultation closed at the end of March 2021. A draft plan will be completed by this autumn with approval expected in early 2022.

The proposals were part of a new strategy for central Birmingham in the years to 2040. The Our Future City Plan document will replace the existing Big City Plan, published in 2010.