UK-based High Speed Two (HS2) has unveiled designs for the new 150m section of the viaduct, which forms an approach to Birmingham’s new Curzon Street Station.
The new Curzon 2 bridge also features a 25m high truss.
Designed by British artist Liz West, a light installation will provide a dynamic colour palette to the apertures of the steel truss, offering views of the city.
Nicknamed “The Bellingham Bridge,” the Curzon 2 bridge is claimed to be the tallest structure in the sequence of viaducts and structures that form the Curzon Street Approaches.
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These approaches will bring HS2 into Birmingham’s new city centre station.
The new bridge features a gently curved truss in weathering steel that carries HS2 over the Victorian brick rail viaduct below.
A truss bridge will be lighter and stronger due to the composition of connected elements, which form triangular units.
HS2 design director Kay Hughes said: “Our design ambition for the Curzon 2 bridge is to create an elegant, iconic structure, fitting of its prominence on the Birmingham skyline, creating a legacy for HS2 and contributing positively to the city’s identity day and night.
“The curved truss design celebrates Birmingham’s industrial heritage, and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to engage a prominent artist to work with our architects to create a distinctive lighting installation, which will be a striking addition to Birmingham’s city skyline.”
Design joint venture of Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA and architects Weston Williamson + Partners has been involved in the development of design for the Curzon Street Approaches section of HS2’s phase one project.