Client: Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


We were appointed by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to prepare a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) for the proposed UK Central (UKC) HS2 Interchange Station Growth Strategy. The interventions proposed as part of the Interchange Station Growth Strategy include infrastructure works to open up development adjacent to the HS2 Interchange Station as part of the wider UKC Hub, which comprises a number of substantial economic assets.

UKC is a major growth initiative led by Solihull MBC and supported by a range of strategic partners, including the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).  The programme focusses on four key economic zones within the Borough broadly aligned to the M42 corridor, namely the UKC Hub, Chelmsley Wood / North Solihull, Solihull Town Centre and Blythe Valley Park.  The Hub represents the largest single opportunity area.

A unique set of international assets are located within the Hub, including Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Birmingham Business Park and the proposed new HS2 station. The vision for the Interchange Station area is to create a high value, mixed activity economic hub based on an innovative and modern approach to ‘garden city’ principles. It will form a key component of a unique international growth area.  To realise the substantial potential of the Interchange Station area, significant early infrastructure investment is required

Our SOC for the proposed UKC HS2 Interchange Station Growth Strategy was produced in line with HM Treasury’s best practice ‘Five Case Model’ and The Green Book.  It demonstrates that the Interchange Station Growth Strategy:

  • is supported by a robust case – the Strategic Case;
  • offers Value for Money (VfM) – the Economic Case;
  • is feasible – the Commercial Case:
  • is financially affordable – the Financial Case; and
  • can be delivered successfully – the Management Case.

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