HS2 submits proposal to develop Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

Curzon Street station. Credit: Bs0u10e01/ Wikimedia.
Curzon Street station. Credit: Bs0u10e01/ Wikimedia.

The historic Old Curzon Street station in Birmingham could be brought back to life.

HS2 – with the help of Atkins – has submitted a proposal to Birmingham City Council to make alterations to the Grade 1-listed building.

Currently vacant, the council-owned building is known as the world’s oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture and is in a “reasonable state of repair”, according to the submitted documents.

Old Curzon Street station as it currently stands

If plans are approved the refurbished building will be transformed into a visitor centre, exhibition spaces and a café on the ground floor, with accommodation for Birmingham City University’s STEAMHouse project on the first floor, office accommodation for Historic England on the second floor and associated car parking and landscaping.

Old Curzon Street station was opened on April 9 1838 and was the original terminus for the London to Birmingham railway.

HS2 Phase 1 will link London to Birmingham with a new station planned to be built nearby to the Old Curzon Street station.

An artist’s impression of the new Curzon Street station. The Old Curzon Street station can be seen to the right. Credit: Birmingham City Council.