New Street Station Nov - Dec 2012 Update

Since my last update on the redevelopment of New Street Station on 26 October 2012, Platform alteration - New Street redevelopment update, work has continued on the installation of Stainless Steel cladding on Stephenson Street reflecting the changes, and the Burlington Hotel, quite literally.  Workers will install 8,000 steel panels,, with the section around Stephenson Street ready in time for the first phase of the new concourse opening.

The north side of the building and newnorth westcorner entrance, above Stephenson Street will be the first area of the building to be clad in the reflective steel facade, this area is expected to be complete when the switchover of the station happens in April 2013. The installation of the fa├žade will then progress in a broadly anti clockwise direction around the station with the west, south and finally in 2015 the east elevations of the building being clad.

With only a few more months until the first phase of the station is completed, allowing redevelopment of the current concourse, work is moving at pace.  Eagle eyed users of the station may have noticed new fans installed above the tracks, Impulse fan 'first' for NG Bailey as improved airflow system goes live at major UK railway station, to handle airflow and smoke.  The new fans, installed through a bespoke approach to deal with the age and infrastructure of the building, total 98 suspended at an optimum height of six meters above the track.

Lee added: “The Gateway project has been described as trying to build Wembley stadium a year quicker, while staying open for matches every day!“Our solution enabled us to transport all the plant and materials on an engineering train, consisting of open carriages, directly along the tracks to and from the workface.“This paved the way for the creation of a purpose-built platform, which was partly secured on the floor and partly on these open carriages. “From here, a team of eight men per carriage were able to carry out the lifting and intricate installation of each of the fans and associated bracket – together weighing no less than 500 kilogrammes. And all before the station sprung to life each daybreak.”

The following photos show the redevelopment in November and December 2012 showing the demolition of the Pallasades Shopping Centre car park above the station, the installation of cladding onto Stephenson Street, and the steel framework for the new John Lewis Store.

4 November

11 November

6 December

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29 December


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