Birmingham New Street


Client: Network Rail
Location: Birmingham New Street train station

Background: After being voted the ugliest building in Britain 2003 the old Birmingham New Street station was in need of a well-overdue revamp.

As part of the £750 million transformation, Townscape was appointed to develop a tailored perimeter security solution which would not only protect the building from hostile vehicle attacks, but also create a high quality urban landscape at the base of the transport hub.

Project details: Birmingham New Street station sees more than 170,000 passengers in transit a day and will attract thousands more visitors with its new shopping complex, so a robust Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) system was an essential security element to defend the busy hub. 

Townscape installed three of its stainless steel PAS 68 planters around the front of the building, which complemented the mirror-polished stainless steel façade, impressive trees were planted into them for an attractive finish. 20 PAS 68 Counter Terror Blocks were then installed around the taxi rank. The Counter Terror blocks were clad with granite and topped anti-skater studs, for a high quality, anti-vandalism finish.

Results: Townscape provided an open but secure perimeter protection which was aesthetically pleasing and blend in with the modernisation of the newly designed station.

The 100mm low profile foundation required by Counter Terror Blocks made the installation quick, easy and with no disruption to underground infrastructure. Townscape took its leading Hostile Vehicle Mitigation product, the Counter Terror Block, and gave it additional purposes as security seating for this special project. Visitors to the new station will enjoy a public plaza, unaware that the seating and landscaping has been creatively designed to provide the utmost protection.


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