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New pictures: New Street Station's central atrium as seen from the Rotunda

The atrium, due for completion in the summer of 2015, has been designed to allow natural light to flood New Street and the new Grand Central retail development

Tim Easthope/Birmingham Post
The New Street Station central atrium as seen from the Rotunda

It’s full steam ahead for the new New Street Station in Birmingham, as this aerial picture taken on Tuesday, July 8, shows.

The most striking aspect of this view of one of the region's most complex construction projects - taken at more than 260 feet above the city centre - shows the new central atrium, hidden from view at ground level.

The atrium, due for completion in the summer of 2015, has been designed to allow natural light to flood New Street and the new Grand Central retail development.

Birmingham Post photographer Tim Easthope took the image from the balcony of the Staying Cool serviced apartments which are on the top four floors of the Rotunda.

On the top left of the station site is the giant John Lewis store, which will be the anchor tenant of Grand Central when it opens next year, and will be joined by more than 40 high street stores and 20 new cafes and restaurants.

CGI of inside the New Street Station development
CGI of inside the New Street Station development
 

John Lewis is investing a total of £35 million to launch the new 250,000 sq ft shop, which will be one of the largest outside London, stocking more than 350,000 products and creating 650 jobs.

There’s still a long way to go before the reflective exterior cladding is finished.

It's a key design feature of the £600 million development, which hit the headlines earlier this year when architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo quit design work on the station.

He told of his “complete disagreement” with Network Rail over changes to its design and materials used.

While photographing New Street Station Mr Easthope also took pictures of Moor Street Station, Curzon Street Station and Birmingham City University's Curzon Building in Eastside, due to open in the autumn of 2015.

 

 

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