VolkerFitzpatrick celebrates University reopening

The new entrance at University station. Courtesy Robert Mills

Contractor VolkerFitzpatrick joined celebrations in Birmingham on 31 January to mark the opening of the rebuilt university station.

VolkerFitzpatrick conducted the detailed design and build of the station, which took three years to complete while the existing station was operational. The new station includes two building pavilions, one of which is based on the island between the railway line and canal.

The station features wider entrances, stairways and exist serving the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, lifts to the platforms, a larger ticket office and better passenger facilities. The first phase was completed before the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with longer and wider platforms and new canopies.

The station was opened in 1978 to handle around 700,000 passengers per year: it now deals with around 3.5 million. Development was led by Transport for the West Midlands and the West Midlands Rail Executive.