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New Street Station on track to pass further milestone
 
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Summary The Birmingham Gateway project to rebuild New Street Station will take another step forward when Cabinet (26th February 2007) receives an update on its progress and discusses proposals for the acquisition of Stephenson Tower.
PR Portfolio Transportation
Reference Number 9511
Press contact Barbara Bojang 0121 303 3885
Issue Date 23 February 2007
Mike Whitby, Chairman of the Gateway Steering Group and Leader of the City Council, said: “Birmingham, and the region, needs a world-class gateway which will help improve the passenger experience for all those who visit, live, or work in the City.

“I have worked to create local, regional and national political support for the New Street scheme. Funding applications and a detailed business case have been submitted to the Government and I am cautiously optimistic of a positive announcement soon.”

Cabinet will hear that the Gateway scheme requires the demolition of Stephenson Tower, the dilapidated 20-storey residential tower block to the south of the station. This will allow the creation of a new north-south pedestrian route through the station, the impressive new public piazza with a ‘grand stairway’ through to Station Street, and the proposed new two 30 storey residential/commercial towers.

44 of the flats within the Tower are tenanted and 36 are privately owned. The report will give authority to commence the rehousing of tenants and acquisition of the dwellings.

Arrangements are being put in place for the sensitive and professional handling of the relocations, with a wide range of support packages including repurchase options, relocation grants, and compensation packages. These will be discussed with tenants and owners via a dedicated support team. The report also updates Cabinet on negotiations with Warner Estates, the owners and operators of The Pallasades Shopping Centre above the station, for which Network Rail are now also requesting a Compulsory Purchase Order.

Mike Whitby added: “The Gateway project has received wide-spread public support through the campaigns run by the Birmingham Mail and BBC Radio WM. We have secured Government awareness and interest in this scheme at the highest level and the ball is now firmly in their court.

“We have now reached a stage where the development of this project begins to have a real impact on people’s lives. We want to reassure tenants and owners of our intention to handle this issue with sensitivity and due regard to their individual circumstances.” If the proposals are approved, the City Council will commence the rehousing and acquisition of dwellings in Stephenson Tower as well as the preparatory work to secure the resulting property interests in readiness for the Governments funding decision later this year.

 
Last updated - Friday 23 February 2007 Return to Top | Printer Friendly