A new HS2 station in Solihull that will serve Birmingham Airport and the NEC has become the first railway station in the world to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ certification for its sustainable design.
The landmark BREEAM award recognises Interchange Station’s eco-friendly design – including maximising natural daylight and ventilation, a station roof which can capture and reuse rainwater and features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption.
BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become an industry standard measure used to assess the sustainability of buildings.
The Interim Certificate, awarded at the design stage to Interchange Station awards an ‘Outstanding’ rating, putting it in the top 1% of buildings in the UK and the first for any railway station in the world.
The station’s design minimises carbon emissions through the use of natural ventilation and daylighting, air source heat pumps, LED lighting and more than 2,000m2 of solar panels generating zero carbon electricity.
The car park will include 222 electric vehicle charging points and cycle storage for 176 bicycles, with room for further expansion as demand dictates. There will also be dedicated pedestrian access to the station from the east of the railway, along with cycle access to the new station from the north, west and south-east via a mixture of dedicated routes.
Peter Miller, HS2’s Environment and Town Planning Director said: “Our aim is to design, construct and operate HS2 to reduce carbon and to minimise the effect of the project on the environment. Our stations will be amongst the most environmentally friendly stations in the world.
“All leading environmental organisations agree that climate change is the biggest future threat to wildlife and habitats in the UK. By providing a cleaner, greener way to travel, HS2 will help cut the number of cars and lorries on our roads, cut demand for domestic flights, and help the country’s drive to net zero carbon emissions.”