Network Rail and Birmingham City Council have unveiled the plans for the £600m Gateway development at Birmingham New Street station in the city.

Working with Advantage West Midlands and Centro, the pair plan to expand, improve and redesign the station and surrounding area.

Councillor Mike Whitby, chairman of the New Street Gateway Funders’ Board, said: ‘The Birmingham Gateway, which will support over 52m passengers a year, demands a world class architectural vision to embody the rebirth of New Street station.’

Foreign Offices Architects won the RIBA competition to design the scheme with its metallic designs, beating off competition from 48 other entries.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, principal architect for Foreign Office Architects, said: 'We were inspired by the movement of people and trains at New Street and the beauty of the skyline. Our concept reflects all these components.'

Sir Bernard Zissman, chairman of the judging panel, said: 'We hope the chosen design will not just add to the revitalisation of the station and city centre but will give a sense of excitement and pleasure to the passengers who start or finish a journey as well as those who visit it to shop and enjoy themselves.’