Jude Bellingham has new HS2 Birmingham bridge named after him
Jude Bellingham gets new HS2 Birmingham bridge named after him (as supporters of city rivals Aston Villa demand a Jack Grealish underpass)
- HS2 has decided to name a 150m bridge to Birmingham after Jude Bellingham
- An artist’s impression of the bridge was released to the public this afternoon
- England are preparing to take on World Cup favorites France tomorrow night
A railway bridge being built in Birmingham as part of the multi-million pound HS2 development will be named after England’s World Cup hero Jude Bellingham.
The 150m long ‘Bellingham Bridge’ will dominate the skyline of the player’s home city when built as part of the controversial high speed train.
HS2 bosses have decided to name it after the former Birmingham City star following his standout performances in the World Cup so far.
The striking designs for the bridge have been released today ahead of England’s quarter-final clash with France tomorrow.
HS2 managers are naming a bridge on the outskirts of Birmingham after England’s World Cup hero Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham, pictured in training today, was one of the highlights of England’s Qatar campaign
They also show a colorful 25m high arched truss that forms part of the section of the viaduct leading to Birmingham’s flagship Curzon Street Station.
HS2 says the new bridge will “create a new icon on the city’s skyline” and “celebrate the area’s industrial heritage,” but social media has received mixed reactions.
Not all Brummies are happy with the decision, especially Aston Villa fans.
Dave Bradley wrote: ‘Obviously we’re all England fans at the moment, but naming it after a player from our arch-rivals doesn’t suit me.
“They should have chosen a name that would suit every Brummie. He’s from Stourbridge, isn’t he!!!!’
Craig Taylor added, “This is a joke. He only played for the Blues for one season. If we do this, where’s the Jack Grealish underpass?’
But Oliver George commented: ‘This is class. No matter who you support, you can’t deny that he is one of the greatest talents this city has ever produced.
“It is only right to honor him.”
Although Aston Villa fans in Birmingham aren’t too happy to see a player from their rival team honored when their own Jack Grealish has been dismissed
The structure will also feature a light installation designed by British artist Liz West called ‘Out of the Blue’ – a nod to Birmingham City’s famous colours.
Kay Hughes, HS2 Ltd’s director of design, said: ‘Our design ambition for the Curzon 2 bridge is to create an elegant, iconic structure to match its prominence in Birmingham’s skyline, create a legacy for HS2 and create a makes a positive contribution to the identity day and identity of the city. night.
‘The curved truss design celebrates Birmingham’s industrial heritage and we are delighted to have engaged a prominent artist to work with our architects to create a distinctive lighting installation, which will make a striking addition to the Birmingham skyline Birmingham.’
Artist Liz West has previously worked with organizations such as the National Trust, Natural History Museum, London Design Festival and Natural England.
She said: ‘The core concept of my work is to depict and symbolize a physical and metaphorical meeting point of colours, people and spaces, connecting locations through the creation of an immersive, atmospheric and experiential encounter.
‘The use of colour, light and form creates a sense of connection and movement, echoing the ways the public uses, navigates and experiences train travel.’
Anne Mullins, head of arts and culture at HS2 Ltd said: ‘HS2 is delivering an ambitious arts and culture strategy that will improve the design and delivery of HS2 for communities across the country.
‘I am delighted that artist Liz West has created a new public artwork for HS2 in Birmingham, which will become a new regional landmark that celebrates the creativity and vibrancy of the West Midlands.’