Centro Midland Metro

Birmingham, UK

Centro Metro is the first street tramway to run in the West Midlands area for over 40 years, aspiring to provide the residents of the West Midlands with a world-class public transport system.

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Centro Metro has extended its routes in several stages over the past 10 years, and the next stage is its extension into Birmingham's city centre, linking to the city's cultural and retail heart. Gillespies has been part of the team in achieving this next planning milestone, paving the way for construction to start.

Gillespies has worked with Centro Metro at several stages of developing its new routes. Initially tasked to appraise the visual and public realm issues for new suburban line extensions, the team also produced detailed design proposals to ensure the new tram routes were a sensitive fit with the suburban corridors through which the lines would pass.

The overall design response has set out a distinctive identity for this tram line, creating a cohesive architectural vocabulary for the entire route, with a strong emphasis on using a graphic presentation to communicate a clean uncluttered transition between tram infrastructure, pedestrian walkways and existing architecture.