John Lewis stops at Station

Following the announcement that John Lewis would be anchoring the redeveloped New Street Station and Pallasades Shopping Centre, Station-(in)-g John Lewis, exciting images of what the new store could look like have been released.

Network Rail is asking for people's comments on the plans before a planning application is submitted. You can leave your comments online at until 23rd March or you can share your views at a public exhibition in the North Mall area of the Pallasades shopping centre between 10am - 7pm on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March where there will be an updated model of the station.

The store which will cover 250,000 sq ft store pver four floors of retail, each around an acre in size, was designed by Foreign Office architects who are behind the redevelopment of New Street station.

and what would have been the southern view of the station before the John Lewis store.

Meanwhile work still continues on the redevelopment of the station. The following pictures were taken on the 9th March including a sneaky picture taken from the pavement looking through an open door on Stephenson Street into the works on the new entrance onto the concourse where there used to be a row of shops.

The car park level for the extended concourse.

The main bridge with staircases to the platforms with view from the fire exit showing the concourse level which will be accessed beneath the new John Lewis.

The site of the new Navigation Street bridge entrance on Hill Street.

View through open door on Stephenson Street on the opening up of the former shops to create an entrance onto the concourse.

The John Lewis store forms part of Network Rail's investment in retail and their view of stations as regenerative tools rather than just interchanges. The store will also be a welcome draw to other retailers based at the station and the refurbished Pallasades Shopping Centre as Retail Gazette reports, Retail sales at Network Rail (NR) train stations increased five per cent on a like-for-like (LFL) basis in the three months to the end of 2010. New Street Station saw the second largest sales boost of Network Rail's 17 stations after London Euston. Sales were boosted by of 12.9 per cent during the September and December quarter.


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