New Atrium Design for Birmingham New Street Railway Station

I’m not too sure of the new atrium design for Birmingham New Street Railway Station.

New concourse atrium design for Birmingham New Street Railway Station

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  1. It all looks as if the promises for New Street Birmingham’s atrium will not be delivered. Apparently the project managers (MACE) decided unilaterally to remove the internal cladding of the atrium without consulting with the designers or anyone – to save themselves the trouble of building the atrium. Were they pocketing the money after the subcontractors were already appointed? Last October they released the image of the bare bones atrium to try their luck with the public. But the public was not very impressed. Now they have allegedly decided that they will cover it with fabric instead of plasterboard, to save time and money. But that will not last very long because fabrics are not so resilient, go yellow, and have to be re-tensioned every few years, which will be a huge hassle for the new shopping centre, while the original specifications from the designers were for a 60 year lifecycle which matches Network Rail’s avowed policy for its sustainable buildings. Has Network Rail forgotten its promise to deliver a long-lasting building in Birmingham? Why are we being shortchanged? There will be a high cost to reduced costs which were assigned to subcontractors a long time ago. Why aren’t they forcing the contractors to deliver what they promised two years ago when they bid for the project? Also, apparently this reduction in quality of design and lifespan is being applied despite the fact that Network Rail has agreed an increased of 20-25% more for the £400m job to MACE. This is a huge mismanagement of the contracts..

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