nss main newsOn Sunday 20th September Network Rail officially opened Birmingham New Street station after a five-year, £750m transformation.

Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse; five times the size of London Euston’s, the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it.

With brighter, de-cluttered platforms, improved entrances, a range of new facilities and an abundance of natural light over the new concourse, Birmingham New Street, one of Britain’s busiest inter-change stations, is also a retail destination in its own right.

The new station features 43 shops at concourse level and above it sits the new Grand Central shopping complex, including one of the UK’s largest John Lewis department stores.

The 450,000 sq ft shopping destination, which opened its doors on Thursday 24th September, will create more than 1,000 jobs and is expected to attract more than 50 million visitors a year.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “This £750 million investment to modernise Birmingham New Street station is at the heart of our plans to use the power of infrastructure to build a more healthy, balanced and productive economy right across the Midlands.

Hardscape have supplied Kobra granite setts, paving, steps, benches and bespoke planters; Royal White granite paving and kerbs. The majority of work has completed working in collaboration with Atkins Landscape Architects; MACE as the principle contractor and other contractors including BAM, Volker Fitzpatrick, MPB and AMEY.

Trafford’s Mayor and Mayoress also attended to formally reopen the new-look square. Councillor Michael Young, Altrincham Forward board member, added: “Goose Green is the first completed area of Phase 1 of the public realm work in Altrincham, and we have been delighted with the positive response to the improvements from both businesses and the public. “The new pedestrian-friendly layout was designed with the aim of accommodating more community events within the square, and it is great to see Altrincham Forward and Goose Green businesses working together on this summer celebration.

Hardscape worked with Planit-IE Landscape Architects, based in Altrincham and supplied Magma granite paving and setts, Yellow Rock, Barleycorn granite setts, Kobra Artscape Geese sculpture benches and Heron Grey kerbs and tactiles. Cooney Civil Engineering were the contractors.