Network Rail starts work on New Street’s east entrance

A project to redevelop Birmingham New Street station has moved its focus to renovating the hub’s east side and old entrance following the opening of the new concourse earlier this year.

Following completion of Phase 1 in April, attention turned to the existing 1960′s station and construction of the 250,000 sq ft John Lewis department store.

The £750 million Gateway Project has been described by project partners Mace and Network Rail as ‘the biggest refurbishment project in Europe’.

Chris Montgomery, Network Rail project director said: “Our work outside New Street station will contribute towards the creation of a world class transport hub for Birmingham that’s fit for the 21st century.

“The stainless steel façade will completely transform the tired, old exterior into a stunning modern building that is already taking shape on the north side of the station, adding to the city’s growing reputation for good design.”