Future Uncertain For Curzon Street Station As RCO Pulls Out

by Roz Tappenden | 15 November 2005
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Plans for a concert hall inside the former station building have been scrapped after problems with funding. Photo: Roz Tappenden

The future once again looks uncertain for Curzon Street Station after the Royal College of Organists decided to pull out of a planned restoration project for the building.

The RCO originally hoped to turn the old station terminal into its headquarters and recital hall but continuing funding problems have forced them to pull out.

Birmingham City Council is now looking for more funding to restore the Grade I listed building and attract new occupiers.

Councillor Ken Hardeman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said, “As the RCO have already acknowledged, the City Council made great efforts to try and help them overcome their financial problems and proceed with the Curzon Street project, but at the end of the day they decided this was not possible for them.”

“However, this is by no means the end of the story for this historic city building,” he added.

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Birmingham City Council is no looking at new ways to restore the Grade I listed building. Photo: Roz Tappenden.

The council is now looking to secure a new round of funding for the restoration. After pledging £2m plus £0.4m of contingency funding, the local authority will be approaching organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund to help secure the future of the station.

The imposing building, designed by Philip Hardwicke, opened in 1838. It was originally one of two identical station halls – the other was at Euston in London but was demolished in 1962.

The station served the London and Birmingham and Grand Junction Railways but when New Street Station opened in 1854, Curzon Street became a goods depot until it eventually closed in 1968.

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