HS2 Interchange Station site's key role in economy

HS2 Interchange Station site’s key role in economy

A mixed-used development centred around the HS2 Interchange Station is set to play a key part in bolstering the region’s economy, a council report has said.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet will tomorrow (Tuesday) receive an update on plans for the parcel of land, which lies to the east of the NEC and airport.

While the 350 acre site lies over the border in Solihull, Birmingham will play a “prominent role” in maximising the opportunities arising from the “Arden Cross” scheme.

The report prepared for councillors notes that a sizeable chunk (29.9 per cent) of the land is owned by the city council.

Work is currently under way on planning for a major development around the station, which would include up to 2,000 homes and 246,000 sqm of retail space.



Artist’s impression of the HS2 Interchange Station site from above.

The report emphasised the benefits that local authorities believe can be derived from the scheme, for which details started to emerge more than two years ago.

It said: “To not continue supporting the delivery of the HS2 Interchange site could mean that the land may not be developed to its full potential in terms of value achieved, mixed use community and quality of built environment and therefore the opportunity to maximise economic policy growth may be lost.”

Discussions about the commercial elements of the development will be heard in the private part of the decision session – which is closed to both press and public.

The discussions will be held just days after the latest meeting of Solihull Council’s HS2 Implementation Advisory Group, a dedicated forum for issues surrounding the multi-billion pound rail link.

There was originally due to be a presentation on the Interchange Station design by engineering and design firm Arup at the Solihull meeting, although HS2 Ltd advised that engagement had been put back until October 9.

The series of seven “community” roadshows, which will form the backbone of this four-week exercise, aim to give the public an opportunity to have their say on the Interchange Station designs.

These include events at Birmingham Moor Street Station on October 22 (7.30-10.30am) and Birmingham Snow Hill Station on October 25 (4-7pm).

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