UK: HS2 Reveals Designs for Curzon 2 Bridge

HS2 Ltd has revealed designs for the Curzon 2 bridge, which consists of a 150-metre section of viaduct on the approach to Birmingham’s new Curzon Street Station.

The Curzon 2 bridge is the tallest structure in the collection of bridges that make up the Curzon Street Approaches. It consists of a gently curved truss in weathering steel to carry HS2 trains over the Victorian brick rail viaduct below.

HS2's Curzon 2 bridge
HS2’s Curzon 2 bridge in Birmingham

The bridge will be able to carry three parallel high-speed rail tracks over the existing east-west rail line. Closer to Curzon Street, the tracks will split further to serve the seven platforms being built at the station.

British artist Liz West has designed a unique light installation to display on the bridge and help establish it as an iconic feature of the city’s landscape.

HS2 Ltd’s 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.”

A truss bridge is composed of connected elements that form triangular units. Curzon 2 will be assembled on the ground before being launched into its final position.

The bridge designs are now set to be submitted to Birmingham City Council and can be viewed at an engagement event on Thursday 15 December from 4pm to 7.30pm at West Midlands Fire Service’s HQ.

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