City steel’s first-class station ticket

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Sheffield stainless steel is helping transform the face of Britain’s second city.

Outokumpu has supplied the brightly polished metal that has created a stunning 21st century facade for Birmingham’s New Street Station.

Up to 400 tonnes of stainless steel has been used to create 8,000 laser cut panels for the cladding of the 1960s-built station that is used by 140,000 commuters daily.

“The stainless steel facade is an integral element of our project to completely transform Birmingham New Street Station.

“We are working in and around an original 1960s structure that has long given a tired and poor impression to the busiest station outside of London and Britain’s second city.

“The steel cladding transforms the dated structure into a stunning, 21st century, world class building and puts the station on the map as a landmark in Birmingham, adding to the city’s growing reputation for good design.

”The steel cladding completed so far has already created a buzz around the city and all involved are excited about the future final completetion,” said Chris Montgomery, Network Rail project director.

Outokumpu won the contract to supply all of the stainless steel used in the project, which started in 2010, after an extensive and detailed tendering process and its Sheffield based plate service centre also advised the station contractors on how to handle stainless steel.

Francisco Loureiro of Martifer, the company managing the work, said that the Sheffield firm was the right partner for a project of the New Street Station’s magnitude and technical requirements. “Outokumpu is technically, and in Martifer’s opinion, the leading expert in stainless steel solutions,” he said. The first half of the newly redeveloped station - which will eventually include a concourse with three and a half times more space - opened in April.

The station will be completed in 2015.