Birmingham GatewayBirmingham, United Kingdom

Norman Disney & Young (NDY) were appointed in 2005 by Network Rail to develop a fire strategy for the £600M Birmingham Gateway Project, which comprises the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Rail Station, the Pallasades Shopping Centre, surrounding areas and a new six storey 25,000 sq m John Lewis department store.

The six storey building, with a multi-storey carpark above, has a total floor 2 area in excess of 125,000 sq m.

The station, one of the largest in the UK and one of the largest sub-surface 2 stations in Europe, has a passenger throughput of over thirty million people a year.

NDY has worked closely with the design team to develop an overall fire strategy for the complex scheme. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis has been used to develop the smoke control measures proposed throughout the building, including measures in the retail malls, concourse areas, atrium and station platforms.

NDY has also used occupant evacuation software, including EXODUS, to assess the evacuation of occupants from the station. A major challenge of this complex project is the requirement to keep the station and shopping centre operational during construction. NDY are also assisting with the interim fire strategies for the phased openings of the building.

Demolition works started in October 2009; main building works started in March 2010 with construction completed in September 2015.

For further project details, please refer to the project website: www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk

Other Project Information:

Construction Value: £600 million
Architect:Atkins, Haskoll and AZPA
Project Manager: Network Rail and MACE
Completion: September 2015

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