Working as lead architects with Network Rail and Birmingham City Council our concept for the interior of Grand Central was based upon the ideas that inspired the design for the station, and developed the connections with train travel, both historic and modern. The food terraces become the ‘dining cars’. Maximising visibility and creating a natural circulation route around the restaurants was key in unlocking their potential.
On the upper level the alignment of columns along the atrium edge was exploited to create smaller, more enclosed areas allowing for variation in levels of openness and intimacy. Booth seating was encouraged to echo the inspiration of the train carriage.
Café units to the north and south ends of the atrium have the advantage of 360 degree views. Flooded by natural daylight from the atrium roof during the day, tenants were encouraged to enhance their lighting by localised methods.