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HS2 Interchange station wins Solihull’s approval

Words: Huw Morris

Plans for HS2's landmark eco-friendly Interchange station in Solihull have won planning permission.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council approved the planning application for the station, which will be at the heart of the HS2 network in the Midlands. The application also covers the surrounding landscape and public realm, along with an Automated People Mover.

The scheme recently became the first railway station in the world to achieve the BREEAM “Outstanding” certification at the design stage  – putting it in the top 1 per cent of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials.

Solihull’s planning team said the station’s design “draws upon the historic and agricultural character of the local area and delivers a strong sense of place and identity through its architectural form and the design of its landscape”.

When in operation, the station will use natural ventilation, daylight, harvested rainwater and solar energy to cut carbon. The Automated People Mover will link to the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport, carrying up to 2,100 passengers an hour in each direction, with a service every three minutes along a 2.3km route.