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Birmingham Gateway designs shown

A photo of Birmingham New Street Station in the 1990s

New designs have been unveiled for a planned 598m revamp of Birmingham's New Street Station which has been criticised for its concrete, outdated look.

Eastern view of the design by Foreign Office Architects

The developers said the new design will create a "bold modern gateway" for millions of visitors to Birmingham.

' Southern View'. Design of New Street by Foreign Office Architects

Designers Foreign Office Architects said the new station will be covered in reflective sheets of metal.

Atrium view of the design

And the new atrium area is designed to "flood the station with light". One of the main criticisms of the current station is its darkness.

View from the south west in the design by Foreign Office Architects

Work on the new Birmingham Gateway starts next year. The station is expected to see more than 52 million passengers a year.

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