Birmingham’s HS2 masterplan, which includes the revival of the original Curzon Street station entrance, has been unveiled by the city council.

The plans were accompanied by a spectacular image of the city’s future station, designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, which would sit at the centre of a 141-hectare redevelopment.

City leaders have said the proposals could lead to the creation of more than 14,000 jobs and feed £1.3 billion back into the city’s economy each year.

The designs also incorporate the original entrance to Curzon Street station which was built in 1838.

The city’s plans for HS2 follow a series of other multi-million rail projects still be delivered in Birmingham, including the £600 million transformation of New Street Station and the extension of the tram network into the city centre.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham Council, said: “We’re not waiting around for HS2 to get built before we get started. We’re announcing our plans today, and we’re ready to start building as soon as the new railway gets the green light.

“Up and down the length of HS2 there is huge potential for major regeneration and development and we must press forward with this project without delay.”

An eight-week consultation has now begun, with construction projected to start in 2017.

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  1. No offence intended brummies; but is it wise to have such an attempt at a cutting-edge building in the middle of a city awash with plain architecture like Birmingham? And besides; what’s wrong with the old historic station building?

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