University station

SLC Property is working on the redevelopment of University Station in south Birmingham providing services for all land acquisition matters.

Background

University station was built in 1978 as part of the development of the Cross-City Line. Some modernisation took place in the 1990s alongside electrification.  The station not only serves the University of Birmingham (the UKs 4th largest university) but also the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, one of the largest single-site hospitals in western Europe. Demand is expected to rise by 75% to 7 million passengers a year over the next decade, following planned improvements to regional rail services and the opening of High Speed Two (HS2).  The current station is unable to cater for current and future demand and a redevelopment is needed to create:

  • A new building providing a second station entrance at the western end of the station. This will bring an operational space and a large retail unit, appropriate for the current and future customer demand
  • A new NHS facility within the station building to reduce waiting times for hospital appointments
  • Fully enclosed, ‘Equality Act 2010’ compliant footbridge, with canopies along the length of both platforms
  • A new footbridge from the station and over the canal to provide direct access into the university campus
  • A new drop off area for passengers arriving by car or taxi
  • A new bus stop for the hospital minibus used to transfer staff and patients around the hospital campus
  • Highway modifications to improve access to the station

Services provided

  • Providing services for all land acquisition matters
  • Negotiations on the relaxation of historic covenants
  • Negotiations with the rail industry and coordination of stakeholder requirements
  • Arranging temporary land to allow enabling works and demolition of buildings
  • Third Party Station Change on behalf of WMCA
  • Gaining Ancient Monument Consents from Historic England

Challenges

  • Multiple land interests
  • A large number of complex multi-party legal agreements
  • Many commercial transactions
  • Live site (both the station and the adjacent university and hospital)
  • Historic Monument Consent

Key accomplishments to date

  • Reached agreement with the Canal & Rivers trust for the overbridge and use of their land
  • Achieved Ancient Monument Consents from Historic England

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