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A new New Street

Universally recognised as a dark and unwelcoming station, the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station into a light modern facility was welcomed by commuters across the country. Our appointment as delivery partner in 2008, extended to principle contractor in 2011, saw us working in partnership with Network Rail allowing us to play an integral role in delivering the complex, multi-phased programme for one of Britain’s busiest transport interchanges. 

Let there be light

The new station concourse is now three and half times the size of its predecessor, with a striking triple height atrium. Delivering on this scale was challenging enough but the station was also required to remain operational throughout making it one of the most challenging projects we have ever taken on. An innovative ‘track and hoyer’ system was used for demolition stages resulting in the removal of 7,500 tonnes of concrete, 95% of which was recycled. The original demolition programme was scheduled to take a year but we helped to reduce this to six months. 

A collaborative journey

Covering the concourse is a 3,300 square metre atrium, made of steel and ETFE designed to flood the new concourse with natural light. A specially commissioned ‘Mega Muncher’ JCB excavator to minimise noise enabled the team to work around the clock. The team also utilised BIM in the delivery of the new station. This led to more collaborative working and the sharing of information allowing the model to be developed and drive more efficiencies on the programme. This team ethos also led to a very successful community engagement programme, which has seen over 100 apprentices being taken on as part of the work.  

“The work Network Rail has done with Mace to develop Birmingham New Street station has been extraordinary. Together we have transformed a dark, unwelcoming and overcrowded station with poor access for passengers beyond recognition. As we enter the final few months of the project excitement among our 1,000-strong workforce is really starting to build. Piece by piece, the design and concept for the station is being brought to life and it’s great to see natural light reaching the concourse for the first time. From September Birmingham will have a bigger, better, brighter station which will transform the experience of millions of passengers who will use it”

Chris Montgomery
Project Director for Gateway of Network Rail

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