Some must have gathered for a while in the cordoned off areas of the central hall of the newly opened New Street Station to be the first to set eyes and hands on the new Birmingham shopping centre.
I waited until the initial funnelled throng had escalated and camera and lenses in hand ascended to the visual treats I had hoped for.
I was not disappointed. The views over the central hall are stunning from the various cafés and restaurants situated around the balcony overlooking the station’s ground level floor beneath.
The shops are spread radially out from these eating houses around a walkway. Wandering around my mood was pleasantly heightened by the striking window displays with their colourful lighting. Others appeared quite excited by the whole spectacle and occasion.
The John Lewis store I had a superficial scout around the adjoining floor and was very impressed with the arrangement and lighting use to display the goods.
I vote the new shopping centre a great success for Birmingham … and added to the revamped station below I have no doubt the complex will become universally known as
Birmingham Grand Central
Article by Geoff Caine
Below is a gallery of photos I took on my tour.
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