Residents from across Birmingham have slammed the design of the new Perry Barr train station, with claims it looks like a ‘portacabin’ in a car park.
Proposed designs for the station were unveiled for the first time today, with plans to have the new-look structure completed in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
However the designs differ markedly from the artists impression put to residents as part of a public consultation late last year, with questions being raised as to why the new design is so different.
Officials have described the new station as a ‘fit-for-purpose landmark station’ ready to receive thousands of spectators heading to the nearby Alexander Stadium for the athletics events and the opening and closing ceremonies.
However Brum residents seem less than convinced, with several taking to social media to voice their opinions on the controversial new design.
“What the hell is this, it is completely awful. it looks like a portacabin in a car park,” wrote one.
“To be fair to the brand-conscious folk at Portakabin, even they could do better than this monstrosity. Time for Laura Shoaf to pedal across town to the *architects* and ask if they were working to the wrong brief,” responded another.
Another compared the design to something their child could have put together, while others questioned the impact on the city’s reputation of having the station be the main one used for transport to and from the Alexander Stadium.
“Looks like something my 8yr old has done in Minecraft. Just awful.”
“Is this the before picture? This is hideous and embarrassing. How is this supposed to improve the city’s reputation?”
“I don’t live anywhere near Perry Bar, yet I feel insulted by Transport for West Midlands. Burn this idea before it becomes a reality.”
“Please tell me you’re not actually planning on building this ugly thing are you?!?! Did the designers even make an effort?”
“The bold, sweeping lines, the vibrant, rich colours, the sheer intrinsic beauty of a grey box that screams, we care nothing for you. Nothing at all.
“It’s so bad it makes me want to drive.”
“THIS is the station that everyone will be using if travelling by train to the Commonwealth Games. It’s a metal shed. Bland, uninspiring and half baked. Do better!”
“It looks like someone woke up hungover at 6am and thought “Oh bollocks, I was meant to design that station and the deadline is 9am”