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Network Rail's New Street project manager to speak at event

Carol Stitchman to provide update on the progress of New Street Station and Grand Central redevelopment

New Street rail station as seen from above

One of the key figures behind the £600 million redevelopment of New Street Station will be speaking at an update event in Birmingham next week.

Carol Stitchman, lead project development manager for Network Rail, is overseeing the delivery of the project and will explain the operational and project challenges which are involved in moving the existing station to the finished product, due to open next year.

Also speaking will be Keith Stone, a director with Keystone Retail Property, who is leading the leasing of the Grand Central shopping centre, the upgrade and remodelling of the former Pallasades shopping centre.

The event is being organised by networking body BPS Birmingham Future and will reveal the progress and challenges faced in redeveloping the station and what opportunities will exist for the city as the Pallasades becomes Grand Central.

Kelvin Craddock, associate director at Jones Lang LaSalle and chairman of the Birmingham Future 'City Centre' committee, said: "This event is a great opportunity for anyone wondering what the changes to New Street Station will bring to the city centre, to hear from the team involved at the frontline of the construction and redevelopment works.

"It will provide a fascinating insight into one of the most challenging construction and regeneration projects this city has ever seen and will offer a glimpse into the future as the ambitious plans for Grand Central are explained."

The event starts at 6pm on July 10 at Centre City, in Hill Street, and is being hosted by the building's owner Bruntwood.

For more information and to reserve a place, visit www.birminghamfuture.co.uk.

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