Coventry City Council has commissioned consulting engineer WSP to develop options for improving capacity at the 1960s’ Grade II listed station through a second station building and supporting infrastructure. The station is one of the busiest on the West Coast Mainline, after London and Birmingham New Street and passenger traffic is forecast to double over the next 25 years.
WSP was first been appointed by the city council in 2013 to develop a masterplan to increase capacity at the station, while preserving its heritage. The new commission is to take this forward and develop the best option, while also advising the client on the listed building and planning consent process.
This latest stage is to produce a concept scheme design, which will allow the team to produce the final detailed design for the station ready for construction.
Jaimal Mistry, stations associate director at WSP, said: “We will deploy the same fantastic team that worked on feasibility for this latest phase of the project. This team has an inherent knowledge and understanding of the details and nuances of the site and associated designs, and have developed a close working relationship with the client team, the programme managers, and key stakeholders. Our understanding of the stakeholder environment and design to date means we can hit the ground running, and are already ahead of the learning curve. This will allow for a smooth seamless transition from feasibility into scheme design.”