Outokumpu adds sparkle to station

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Steel from Outokumpu in Sheffield is helping Birmingham’s New Street station to shine.

More than 8 000 brightly polished, laser-cut panels, made from stainless steel are being used to clad the building, one of the busiest train stations in the UK.

In addition to cutting and polishing the stainless steel cladding, Outokumpu’s plate service centre in Sheffield has also advised the station contractors on how to handle the material.

Around 140,000 passengers pass through Birmingham New Street each day, more than double the number it was meant to accommodate when it was built in the 1960s.

Network Rail is redeveloping the site to more than treble the space for passengers on the station concourse.

Network Rail project director Chris Montgomery said: “The stainless steel façade is an integral element of our project to completely transform Birmingham New Street station.

“We are working in and around an original 1960s structure that has long given a tired and poor impression to the busiest station outside of London and Britain’s second city.

“The steel cladding transforms the dated structure into a stunning, 21st century, world class building and puts the station on the map as a landmark in Birmingham, adding to the city’s growing reputation for good design.

“The steel cladding completed so far has already created a buzz around the city and all involved are excited about the future final completion.”

Work on the project started in 2010 and the first part of the new station opened earlier this year. The project is due to be completed in 2015.