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Birmingham University Station


West Midlands Combined Authority appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to undertake the detailed design and build of the new, £56m University Station.

Birmingham’s University Station has seen an in excess of 700 percent increase in passenger numbers since opening in 1978.  VolkerFitzpatrick delivered the detailed design and build of the new station. It provides an attractive modern gateway into the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus and nearby hospital site, it supports regeneration activities in the area, increases passenger capacity and provides improved access to the rail network.

The new railway station building features wider platforms, lifts, a ticket office, provision for a retail unit, canopy coverage along the platforms and a direct link with the University of Birmingham campus via a new pedestrian canal bridge. The existing station building was retained as a passenger exit from the station.

"I’m delighted to see the opening of the upgraded University station, providing the millions of passengers that use the station each year with a fantastic and fit-for-purpose station that supports the ambitions of the city and the significant growth in passengers expected in the years to come. This has been a highly complex project and I am proud of how hard our teams have worked in close conjunction with our partners to deliver a station upgrade, whilst keeping the railway open, that makes journeys to the university and nearby hospital much easier for all passengers and encourages people to travel by rail, the cleanest and greenest way to travel."

Neil Gaskin, route programme director for Network Rail

Facts and figures

  • Client
    West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Value
  • Duration
    Two years
  • Project categories

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