Peter Higginbottom, working with CJ Associates, was the Planning and Consents Manager for the HS2 Curzon Street Station in Birmingham.
HS2 is a proposed multi-billion pound high speed rail scheme connecting London to Manchester , Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. Phase 1, from London to Birmingham, received Royal Assent in February 2017. Stations are to be provided at Euston, Old Oak Common, Birmingham Interchange and Curzon Street. The Station Consultant Design Team includes WSP, Grimshaws Architects, Grants Associates, Glenn Howells Architects and CJ Associates.
As the Planning and Consents Manager, we advised the design team on compliance with the HS2 Act. Delivering the Schedule 17 Consents for the Station and the wider public realm, as part of the High Speed Two planning regime.
Worked collaboratively with the design team comprising WSP, Grimshaw Architects, Grants Associates and the HS2 Project Team while also engaging with officers and members of Birmingham City Council and stakeholders including Historic England, Canal and Rivers Trust and Transport for West Midlands.
Schedule 17 consents for the station and extensive public realm were granted unanimously by Birmingham City Council at Council meeting on 23rd April 2020. Members comments included: “Very Impressed’’, ‘’Struck by the balance of built and natural environment‘’ and ’’Very attractive’’
- Key person role on important infrastructure project in Birmingham and the UK as a whole.
- Design Panel presentations and workshops.
- Final comments from Panel: “The panel applauds the design of Curzon Street Station”.
- Secured major consents within 14 weeks of submission.
- Negotiated acceptable conditions and matters for subsequent approvals with the Council and HS2.