Revised design for Perry Barr station

New images released to show proposed redevelopment plans.

New images showing how the redevelopment of Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham will look have been released as revised plans are lodged with the city council.

A previous planning application was submitted in September but Galiford Try and SLC Property have since taken onboard comments from the local community and key stakeholders and appointed Jewellery Quarter-based Glancy Nicholls Architects to amend the external designs for the station.

Patrick Nicholls, Director at Glancy Nicholls Architects, said “Our ambition has been to design a strong, identifiable building for Perry Barr; a building that local people can be proud of and something which provides the perfect welcome to the area.”

The station is being redeveloped as part of the £500 million regeneration of Perry Barr in the run up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The station will be used as the main gateway for people coming in and out of a number of the Games’ venues, including the Alexander Stadium.

Patrick continued: “In our new designs for the building, we have used a perforated metal veil and light effects to help create a landmark building. This metal veil will also incorporate images of athletes in reference to the Commonwealth Games.”

In the new external designs of the station, the fully glazed façade is encased by a perforated metal veil that allows light to penetrate through day and night. Bold lighting will be used to create a glowing box effect when viewed from the outside. Additionally, in a nod to the Commonwealth Games and to help encourage movement and health, the metal veil will incorporate free-flowing sports figures.

Under the proposals, the new station will feature multiple entrances, a ticket office, an accessible toilet and baby change facility, an out-of-hours entrance, lifts and new stairs. Improvements will also be made to the surrounding public realm including new planting, paving, outdoor seating and cycle provisions.

The current building dates back to the 1960s and was built when the railway line was electrified. It was designed to accommodate 250,000 trips per year however 690,000 trips now pass through Perry Barr station annually. One of the oldest railway stations in the UK, Perry Barr station has been located on the same site since 1837.