Birmingham New Street – Grand Central Shopping Mall

  • Date
  • 2015
  • Location
  • United Kingdom, Birmingham
  • Size
  • 2,830 m²
  • Sector
  • Retail
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roofs
  • Architect
  • AZPML (Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture)


New Street is the busiest railway station outside London within United Kingdom. Part of an on-going scheme to rejuvenate the city of Birmingham, the existing New Street station has been completely redeveloped and an additional section was added to meet the demands of 52 million rail passengers each year. Situated above New Street station, Grand Central shopping centre opened in September 2015. This brings high quality brands and fashion into the heart of the city. The large atrium is topped by seven domed skylights with a translucent Texlon® ETFE system. The curving aesthetic from the outside is continued into the interior.

Working closely with the client, architect and engineers to realize the initial concept, Vector Foiltec designed, fabricated and installed 2,830 m² of Texlon® ETFE, as well as the supporting steelwork for the station’s central atrium. Designed by the renowned AZPML (Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture), the central atrium’s supporting steelwork mirrors the shape of the complex arrangement of train track points outside the station.

The Texlon® ETFE system is equipped with a partial print pattern that provides shading for an optimized climate control while still retaining transparency. The overall effect allows the central area of Birmingham New Street station to be flooded with natural light.

Watch this video about the Birmingham Grand Central Texlon® ETFE roof installation, uploaded by Mace on Youtube.




Main Image: © Sam Peach