Located between the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth, the station commands one of the highest footfalls within the West Midlands outside of the city centres. The existing station, opened in 1979, was not designed for the levels of usage it now sees. The existing railway land is constrained by the Worcester & Birmingham Canal on one side and University of Birmingham land on the other. An additional complication is that the site is located on and adjacent to the Metchley Roman Fort, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and needed consultation with Historic England. The land is also encumbered by covenants in favour of Calthorpe Estates which preclude use of the land as a railway station. The University of Birmingham is contributing the land required for this scheme; a new canal footbridge, owned by the University of Birmingham, will also be constructed over the Canal & River Trust’s land giving direct access to the University campus, together with a new accessway for pedestrians between the station and the canal.
- SLC Property is working on a Material Change Proposal, to be issued by WMCA, and is providing other support relating to Station Access. This has proved to be even more complex than usual due to the land and property elements and the need for multiple applications for Clearance and LC17.
- Land referencing for the various plots of land required for the scheme.
- Negotiation of a lease to Network Rail of part of the University of Birmingham’s land on which the main new station building will be located, together with associated wayleaves and easements.
- Acquisition of land from Birmingham City Council by the University of Birmingham, which will be incorporated into the University’s lease to Network Rail.
- Our strategic advice is provided in the form of a Land & Consents Strategy, which is the standard and requisite document for development on or around operational railway land.
- Negotiation of easements required for maintenance of the new main station building from the adjacent landowners (including the freehold owner, their tenant and the undertenant).
- Negotiation of a lease for part of the new main station building which will be used by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust as a medical facility.
- Negotiation of Party Wall Awards.
- Supporting the planning team.
- Working with Historic England to get Scheduled Monument Consent for the scheme and with archaeologists to ensure protection of the site.
- Commercial negotiations with Calthorpe Estates regarding their covenants on the University of Birmingham’s land.
- Negotiation of a wayleave and lease with Western Power for the new station DNO.