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Sunday Snapshot: Curzon Street Station and Trevor Beattie's space mission in editor's review of the week

Despite a significant heritage Curzon Street Station has to be one of the most unloved buildings in the city centre.

A computer-generated image showing an aerial view of Birmingham Curzon Street HS2 Station, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Few Birmingham buildings are subject to as much redevelopment speculation as the grand old Curzon Street Station entrance.

The Grade I Listed terminus is the world’s oldest and welcomed the arrival of the first ever London-to-Birmingham train in September 1838.

Yet despite a significant heritage this has to be one of the most unloved buildings in the city centre.

However, it could soon be all change at Curzon Street as it becomes the central part of a massive regeneration project unveiled this week.

The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan has been described as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to transform the city centre and the old station is right at the heart of it.

So too is the Eagle and Tun pub, just a short stroll away on New Canal Street, which was made famous by UB40’s Red Red Wine video setting.

There's a Midland Metro extension, a new-look Pavilions shopping centre and, one of the most interesting proposals of all, a New York-style raised Skypark.

It was fascinating to read Sir Albert Bore comment that he won't be 'hanging around for the station to start operating in 2026. We are looking to activate the economic growth which HS2 can give rise to’.

The artists’ impressions are eye-catching and adventurous but little reference has been made to who foots the bill. One would assume HS2 will pick up the tab for work on the station terminus but the real challenge will be finding the funds for any surrounding developments.

From rail travel to space travel and ad guru Trevor Beattie revealed this week how he has been getting ready to become the first Brummie in space.

The Balsall Heath-born entrepreneur, best known for his French Connection, FCUK and Wonderbra ads, says learning the butterfly swimming stroke is helping him prepare for weightlessness on board the $250,000 Virgin Galactic flight.

He also declared he wouldn’t be taking any space selfies while on the flight, which doesn’t yet have a date for take-off (or would that be lift-off?).

We’ll be keeping an eye on Trevor’s facebook feed just in case.

Stacey Barnfield, editor

 
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