These first dramatic pictures show how the £600 million revamp of Birmingham New Street is now gradually taking shape – including a new John Lewis store.
More than 1,000 construction workers have been at the site since April 2010 and have been working to transform the station in the city centre while it has been fully operational. Once completed in 2015, The Gateway Project will create 1,000 new jobs, and 650 of those will be at the new John Lewis store being created nearby.
Bosses are currently working towards the first major landmark in the development which will see the current station closed in April for redevelopment and the first half of the new concourse opened up to passengers.
Images show the new concourse which will have its main entrance on Stephenson Street. All the structural work has been completed, and workers are currently in the process of building the retail units, ticket office and first class lounge.
They have already fitted all the power cables, gas lines and water pipes and are now fitting 15 new lifts which will access every platform in the station, and installing some of the development’s 37 escalators.
Construction bosses are now also starting to lay the specially designed non slip grey granite flooring.
Communications manager for The Gateway Project, Ben Herbert said: “We expect to have workers at the station 24 hours a day, to make sure we can get the new concourse opened in April. We still have a lot to do, but we are confident we can get it done.”