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The slug from Chernobyl

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A key proposal within Birmingham city council’s draft Curzon masterplan is “Promoting the principle of securing world-class architecture for Birmingham Curzon HS2 Station”.

The slug from Chernobyl?

Mutant slug from Chernobyl: HS2 Curzon in Birmingham council’s masterplan, Feb 2014

And the council’s vision met with the approval of Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s Phil Burrows.

[‘Can BCC Stop HS2 From Choking off Digbeth?’, Phil Burrows, Birmingham Friends of the Earth, 27 February 2014 16:59]

The [Shed] station proposed [earlier] by HS2 [Ltd] is monolithic and not too dissimilar in form from an out of town Tesco’s. It is in stark contrast to the organic curves put forward by Birmingham City Council’s Curzon Street Masterplan and its affectionately named ‘shingled slug’. The Shed feels impenetrable, forgetting to compensate for closing Park St and Fazeley St, by squeezing visitors to Digbeth through Paternoster Row. On the other hand, BCC have ensured that the Slug is a gateway to Digbeth with its open gentle steps and enticing public space.

The Curzon masterplan seems to have been hurriedly put together for the MIPIM real estate exhibition in Cannes (11 – 14 March 2014). Whether “Shingled Slug” or “Chernobyl slug”, the masterplan ‘vision’ is uncosted, and completely detached from reality. For example, at present, Moor Street Queensway is a major traffic artery, especially for buses to and from the city centre. In the masterplan, those buses are magicked away, with no clue as to where they would go instead. Buses are vastly more important than trams for transport in Birmingham, and that is extremely unlikely to change.

In the Curzon masterplan, Moor Street is shown as being closed to bus traffic; so where would the buses go?

Written by beleben

February 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Birmingham, Centro, High speed rail, HS2

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