The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Draft Masterplan presents the proposed HS2 railway as a once in a century opportunity to radically enhance the City’s national rail connectivity and accelerate its economic growth potential. The new line and terminus will provide a catalyst to transform areas of the City Centre and unlock major regeneration sites.
The Draft Masterplan covers over 140ha of the Eastside and Digbeth quarters and the eastern fringe of the City Centre Core, providing a detailed framework and principles to guide development, regeneration and connectivity to ensure that the City can capitalise upon the arrival of the HS2 railway. The masterplan:
- Promotes the city’s expectation of Birmingham Curzon HS2 station as a world-class 21st century landmark building that further strengthens a positive image for Birmingham and its economic role
- Seeks to ensure the station is fully integrated into the urban fabric of the City Centre and opens up accessibility between the City Centre Core, Eastside and Digbeth
- Sets out the key requirements for the station design and proposals to ensure that high quality and efficient walking, cycling and public transport connections continue into and throughout the city centre.
The draft masterplan also promotes major regeneration and growth opportunities that can provide within the plan area:
- 14,000 (net) jobs
- 600,000m.sq new business space
- 2,000 new homes
- £1.3 billion economic uplift
Key proposals within the draft masterplan include:
- Promoting the principle of securing world-class architecture for Birmingham Curzon HS2 Station
- Identifying an extension to the Metro to a new integrated public transport hub at New Canal Street, through Digbeth to a new park and ride facility at Adderley Street
- Key development opportunities including Martineau Square and Exchange Square, Beorma Quarter, Typhoo Wharf, Banbury Wharf, Eastside Locks, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Curzon Point and within the Fazeley area of Digbeth
- Major new areas of public realm and open space including new squares at Moor Street Queensway and Paternoster Place; Curzon Promenade, Duddeston Viaduct Skypark, Eastside Locks and opportunities along the canal and River Rea corridors.