Search for contractor began last summer

Associated Architects has lodged plans to transform the railway station that serves Birmingham University. Work is expected to be complete in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham University is due to host hockey and squash events for the Games, which will run from 27 July to 7 August 2022.

Its proposals for the stop, on the suburban line heading south-west out of the city, include a new pedestrian bridge over the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The practice said the new station would be built adjacent to the existing station that serves the university and would be able to accommodate approximately seven million passengers a year – double the current station’s footfall and many times more than the 400,000-a-year the 1970s stop was designed for.

Associated has worked up its plans for the building in conjunction with engineers Mott MacDonald.

The search for a contractor to deliver the scheme began last August.

It said the station’s concrete structural frame would be cast off-site, easing the logistical challenges of a construction project next to a live railway line.

The station’s design mixes red brick, honed and etched concrete panel and Corten weathering steel finishes.