Christmas Presents New Bridge for New Street

While many of us were opening Christmas presents New Street Station was receiving it's very own present with engineers using a 700 tonne crane from Christmas Day to the 27 December to lift out an old section of the Navigation Street bridge and install new sections.

The extended bridge will open at the end of 2012 to provide access to all platforms and create a new station entrance on Hill Street.

Work also took place around the station while it was closed with the construction of a tower crane outside of the front of the station to construct the new public square, preparatory work on platforms 1 - 7 to construct the foundations for the new sqare, the construction of new train crew accommodation above Platform 1 and the removal of the old Pallasades link bridge and redundant structures to build the new John Lewis department store. Christmas sees ‘giant leap’ towards New Street transformation

Work to clad the station building in its iconic stainless steel facade is due to begin in the summer.

Alongside construction work Network Rail and Birmingham City Council have also been preparing for the future of the Pallasades Shopping Centre when the redeveloped station opens with former Land Securities' retail leasing director Keith Stone appointed to lead the leasing of the shopping centre. Mr Stone will act as consultant on the 150,000 sq ft shopping centre changing as it seeks to become a high quality retail destination to compliment the new 250,000 sq ft John Lewis store.

Here are a series of photos showing progress on the bridge and associated works over the Christmas period.

25 December 2011

29 December 2011

31 December 2011
Newly installed crane at the front of the station.

7 January 2012
The work on the new pedestrian route behind the Odeon cinema.

Further preparation for the installation of steel cladding on Stephenson Street.


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