The £1billion redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station has landed a national award.
The Grand Central scheme beat off competition from 90 other developments to be named UK project of the year at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.
It is the first time a West Midlands development has landed the title.
David Tuffin, chair of the RICS judging panel, said: “As one of Britain’s largest and most important cities, Birmingham deserves a station and shopping and leisure destination of this remarkable calibre.
“This investment in the city has created around 10,000 jobs and is expected to deliver around £2billion in economic benefits. It is the catalyst for further regeneration in other parts of the city centre, which will create even more jobs.
“The team behind Birmingham Gateway and Grand Central should be extremely proud. Around 180,000 passengers continued to use the station during the works, yet they still managed to create a visually striking, yet practical international gateway into Birmingham, on time, from which the city, its residents and visitors will prosper from enormously.”
The regeneration of Birmingham’s New Street station and the Pallasades shopping centre was completed last year.
The development had already landed four awards in the regional heats. The chairman of the judging panel, Richard Moxon, said the station is now a fitting entry point for visitors to the city.
“This is not only a momentous day for everyone involved in the project but for anyone who uses this station,” he said.
“This is the first time in the history of the RICS Awards a West Midlands project has won the national title and this award winning project truly showcases the region and what it has to offer – everyone involved should be tremendously proud for what they have achieved, not only for the project but for the West Midlands as a whole.”