Construction consultants Turner & Townsend have been appointed to oversee the £500 million redevelopment of Birmingham's New Street Station.
The firm will work with Network Rail, Birmingham City Council and Advantage West Midlands to deliver a new vision for the station and surrounding land. The scheme involves increasing New Street's pedestrian capacity substantially to meet long term passenger demand and encompasses redevelopment of the station concourse and platforms.
The internal lay out of the station will be radically improved with airport-style entrances and waiting lounges.
Pedestrian access to areas at the periphery of the station will be improved to promote commercial and retail development and regeneration of The Pallasades shopping centre and beyond.
Rob Flavell, of Turner & Townsend, director of the Birmingham Gateway project, said: "We are delighted to work once again with Birmingham City Council on such a prestigious city centre regeneration project which has far reaching national implications for Birmingham.
"As well as being a vast improvement to the daily journey of the growing number of rail commuters, Birmingham New Street will become a landmark gateway to the city at the heart of the national rail network."
Mike Whitby, the leader of Birmingham City Council, who chairs the New Street steering group, said: "As the project moves from design development through to procurement and implementation, it is essential that we ensure appropriate project management skills are secured to realise this key project for both the city and the West Midlands as a whole."
Martin Chambers,programme director for Network Rail, said: "This appointment represents further progress of Birmingham Gateway and I look forward to working with Turner & Townsend and the Gateway Partners as we strive towards delivering the station Birmingham needs and deserves."