New images of John Lewis at New Street station unveiled at MIPIM

By on 09/03/2011 in News

Images have been released giving people a glimpse of what the south side of New Street station will look like when John Lewis opens at the site in 2014.

The new artist's impressions were unveiled by Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby today at MIPIM, the global property conference in France.

Artist's impression of proposed John Lewis department store entrance at night March 2011Councillor Whitby said: “This development is a real jewel in the new station's innovative design and will bring real scale and activity to the new southern entrance. Showcasing this at an event such as MIPIM emphasises what a great place Birmingham is to invest in.”

The 250,000 sq ft store contains four floors of retail, each approximately an acre in size, with delicately patterned glass walls. The concept has been designed by Foreign Office architects, the creative team behind the redevelopment of New Street station.

The £100 million development project will see the new John Lewis shop constructed on the south side of the redeveloped station, creating 900 new jobs for the wider economy, including 650 jobs at the department store. The project will also include the upgrade of the Pallasades Shopping Centre.

Samantha Rowntree, Retail Development Manager, John Lewis said: “We have been looking for an opportunity to open in Birmingham for some time and are thrilled to be playing a part in the regeneration of the south side of the city centre. Our stunning, four-storey landmark full-line department store, located adjacent to New Street station, will also provide a boost to local employment with the creation of around 650 new jobs. We are really looking forward to giving shoppers a broader retail offer when they visit Birmingham.”

And Network Rail is inviting people to have their say on the plans with the launch of a public consultation.

Artist's impression of proposed John Lewis department store link bridge at New Street station March 2011Launching the consultation, Network Rail programme sponsor Andrew Skidmore said:  “Birmingham Gateway is vital to both the transport and economic future of Birmingham and will transform New Street into a world class station, stimulate regeneration and create new jobs.  The new John Lewis department store makes the economic case for Gateway even stronger and we want people to let us know their views on the plans”

Before the planning application in the spring, Network Rail is inviting people to have their say on the plans.  People can feed back their views online at www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk from today (9 March) until 23 March. 

There will also be a public exhibition in the North Mall area of the Pallasades shopping centre above the station where people can view the plans, see a new scale model of the station and meet members of the project team. 

The Pallasades exhibition will be open between 10am - 7pm on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March.

The investment is a major boost for Birmingham and demonstrates the impact of the Birmingham Gateway project which will redevelop New Street station and Birmingham City Council's Big City Plan in providing the framework for major investment decisions. The Gateway project including the John Lewis department store, will create new jobs, stimulate regeneration and confirm Birmingham City Centre as one of the leading retail destinations in the UK, generating millions of pounds worth of extra spend in Birmingham each year.

Notes to Editors:

The Pallasades public exhibition will be open between 10am - 7pm on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March.   Media are invited to the exhibition at 11am on Tuesday 15 March to film and interview members of the project team.
Network Rail is pursuing a planning application on behalf of Birmingham City Council which owns the Pallasades shopping centre.  The plans are to upgrade and extend the shopping centre to provide a new department store for John Lewis.
The planning application will be submitted later in spring 2011. Subject to planning approval, the new department store will open in 2014.
The 250,000 sq ft John Lewis shop, will be one of the largest John Lewis outlets outside London
The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station is part of a major investment in the future of Birmingham. The redeveloped station will transform the city centre, opening up new pedestrian links across the city
This improved connectivity will play an important role in stimulating regeneration, new jobs and economic growth in the areas around the station such as the south side
Further details can be found at: www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk

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